The Delhi Police has registered a sedition case in connection with the violence at the Red Fort and the planting of a religious flag on the ramparts during the tractor parade of farmers on the occasion of Republic Day in the capital .
According to a senior police officer, a case has been registered under section 124A (sedition) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Earlier, Delhi Police has also included names of Punjabi actor Deep Sidhu and gangster-turned-social activist Lakkha Sidhana in the FIR registered in connection with the violence at the Red Fort.
Farmer unions took out a tractor parade on Tuesday demanding the repeal of the three new agricultural laws at the center and during this time chaos erupted on the streets of the capital Delhi when protesters broke barricades and security forces Clashed with, overturned vehicles and placed a religious flag on the Red Fort.
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Delhi Police has registered an FIR in Samaypur Badli police station against 37 farmer leaders including Rakesh Tikait, Yogendra Yadav, Rajinder Singh, Medha Patkar, Buta Singh, Darshan Pal and Balbir Singh Rajewal for Tuesday’s violence.
So far 19 people have been arrested and more than 25 criminal cases have been registered by the Delhi Police in connection with the violence that erupted during the farmers’ tractor march on Tuesday. Delhi Police Commissioner S.N. Srivastava said on Wednesday that 394 policemen were injured in the violence and many of them are still hospitalized.
During their tractor rally in protest against the new agricultural laws, protesters broke the barricades imposed by the police to enter Delhi and vandalized several parts of the capital. The violence by protesters damaged many public and private properties.
According to an order issued by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the Red Fort will remain closed for visitors from 27 January to 31 January.