Farmers’ leaders Ugrahan, Rajewal amongst 37 booked

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 27

The Delhi Police have named 37 union leaders in 25 FIRs lodged in connection with the violence that took place during the tractor parade by farmers. The police said they would investigate their role.

Several of them were reportedly part of the negotiations with the government. Those named included Yogendra Yadav, Darshan Pal, Gurnam Singh Charuni, Rajinder Singh, Balbir Singh Rajewal, Rakesh Tikait, Buta Singh Burj Gill, Joginder Singh Ugrahan and Satnam Pannu. They have been charged with attempt to murder, criminal conspiracy, assault on public authorities, use of deadly weapons, inciting violence, vandalism and robbery.

Addressing the media, Commissioner of Police SN Shrivastava accused the leaders of breaching the agreement signed for getting permission for holding the rally.

“We maintained restraint as we wanted to facilitate a peaceful parade. The union leaders did not honour any of the terms,” he said.

“All those who have already been named in the FIRs will be summoned as accused to join the investigation. More than 390 policemen were injured. We are verifying video clippings and CCTV and drone footage to identify the culprits. More cases will be lodged in due course,” he said.

Sources said more than 300 people had been detained for damaging public property and attacking police personnel. They said the FIR over violence at Red Fort included vandalism and robbery charges since some miscreants had allegedly snatched tear gas shells from cops and forcibly entered the historical monument. The police said the case would be investigated by the Crime Branch.

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