Two held in Jammu for R-Day violence in Delhi


Jammu: Chairman of the J&K United Kisan Front, Mohinder Singh, was among two people arrested here on Monday night for alleged involvement in violence in Delhi on Republic Day.

Theirs have been the first arrests from Jammu Kashmir in connection with R-Day vioelence in Delhi. Pointing out that Mohinder Singh, 45,  hailed from Chath, sources identified the other person as Mandeep Singh, 23, of Gole Gujral, both on the outskirts of Jammu city. Both were shifted to Delhi during night.

According to family members Mohinder Singh, he left his Chatha residence on Monday saying that he was going to Gandhi Nagar police station as he has been called by the SSP. However, as he did not return home, one of the family members went to Gandhi Nagar police station only to be informed that he has been arrested by a police party from Delhi.

As the family members and other relatives started agitating over the police action, Gandhi Nagar SHO Gurnam Singh along with police party reached there and tried to pacify them saying that they had come with proper documents and the family can resort to legal recourse.

Mohinder Singh had been proactive during farmers agitation. Family members, however, say that he never visited Red Fort, but at the Delhi borders.

His family claimed that he was innocent and demanded his immediate release. He went alone to see the SSP at the police station because he was not afraid as he had not done anything wrong, his wife said.

Meanwhile, Delhi Police Additional PRO Anil Mittal said that “as per the information received, both the accused are active participants and key conspirators in the riot at Red Fort’’. They were apprehended with the help of Jammu Kashmir Police, he added.

Thousands of protesters had clashed with the police during the tractor parade called by farmer unions on January 26 demanding repeal of the Centre’s contentious farm laws.

Many of the protesters reached the Red Fort driving tractors and entered the monument, and some of them even hoisted religious flags on its domes and a flagstaff at the ramparts.