Delhi: Man who ‘incited’ mob at Red Fort held | Delhi News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Making an important breakthrough in the investigation of Republic Day violence in the city, Delhi Police on Sunday arrested a key figure who was allegedly leading and instigating the mob, which had assembled at Red Fort on January 26.
The suspect, Sukhdev Singh (65), belongs to Karnal in Haryana and was nabbed from Chandigarh by a Crime Branch team on the basis of technical surveillance.
Sources said one of Singh’s close associates, who is also part of the core group of protesters, turned him in and gave a tip-off to the police late on Saturday. Earlier, a reward of Rs 50,000 was declared by Delhi Police on information leading to Singh.
Singh is a member of Bhartiya Kisan Union, Haryana and belongs to the “Chadhuni faction,” a senior officer said. “He was involved in leading and instigating the riotous mob at Lal Quila,” the officer added.
During questioning, Singh, however, claimed innocence and denied having participated in the riots. “Singh’s role was confirmed and he was identified in multiple videos as one of the main instigators. He was also identified by the rioters arrested earlier by the police,” said officers. He was also identified through the facial recognition system, said a cop.
After identification, police mounted surveillance and activated their informers amidst the protesters. The breakthrough came on Saturday night when the cops received a tip-off from their informer deployed at a key protest site and a team was rushed to Chandigarh.
Singh was nabbed on Sunday noon from near Centra mall in Chandigarh amid high drama as Singh’s associates tried to stop the cops from arresting him. The team, however, whisked him away in a swift and clinical operation and brought him to Delhi.
At least 20 police teams of 4-5 members each are conducting raids at several places in Haryana and Punjab to nab the absconding rioters. All teams on the ground are being assisted by the technical teams stationed in Delhi.
A third covert team, which has been cultivating sources amidst the protesters since December, is gathering inputs and technical leads from their informers at the borders and passing on to the two teams for development of information. Police are trying to catch them unawares fearing resistance from accompanying protesters. Many of those who were involved in the riots have not returned to the protest sites, police have learnt.
Two special teams of Crime Branch and Special Cell are dedicated to hunt down gangster-turned-activist Lakha Sidhana and actor Deep Sidhu.
Sidhana is apparently hiding amidst protesters at Tikri and Singhu borders. One of his videos surfaced on Saturday showing him at Tikri border. Sidhu may be hiding in Punjab, said a cop.

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