Chandigarh, January 27
Gangster-turned-social activist Lakhbir Singh aka Lakha Sidhana on Wednesday distanced himself from the violence in the course of the tractor parade in New Delhi on Republic Day and he and a few farmer leaders solely marched as much as the Outer Ring Road in the nationwide capital.
Denying his involvement in the incidents on the Red Fort, he mentioned it’s a matter of investigation how folks reached there regardless of a lot safety.
“I’m pained on the incidents that came about on Tuesday however I’m not involved in these. There isn’t any video, photograph or different proof that reveals that I instigated folks. We had marched in the direction of the Outer Ring Road underneath our farmer leaders in a peaceable method. We by no means had any agenda of going in the direction of the Red Fort,” Sidhana, who’s in his 40s, instructed PTI over telephone.
He mentioned practically 20 farmer leaders went until Ring Road with their cadres in a peaceable method and returned quickly after.
On being requested that they weren’t allowed to go as much as the Ring Road, Sidhana claimed fashionable sentiment was in assist of it as farmer unions had introduced first on January 2 after which on January 17 that they’ll perform the tractor rally there.
He accused the federal government and police of conspiring towards the farmers’ agitation and distanced himself from the allegations of instigating protesters, saying he at all times known as for peace.
He additionally denied the allegations that he shared the stage with Punjab actor Deep Sidhu on the Singhu border on Monday night time, claiming that he had simply spoken there to relax individuals who wished to take out the march on the Outer Ring Road.
Sidhana, a local of Punjab’s Bathinda, has been tenting on the Singhu border since November 26.
He has dozens of legal instances registered towards him in Punjab and went to jail a number of instances however has claimed in the previous that he had give up the crime world. Since then he’s mentioned to be involved in social work.
He had earlier dabbled into politics in the course of the 2012 Punjab meeting elections, contesting on the image of the now-defunct (*26*)’s Party of Punjab, which was shaped by the state’s present Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal after quitting the Shiromani Akali Dal.
Later, Badal joined the Congress and contested the 2017 meeting polls on the celebration ticket.
Tens of 1000’s of farmers had damaged obstacles to storm the nationwide capital on Tuesday.
Clashes broke out in a number of locations, resulting in violence in well-known landmarks of Delhi and its suburbs. While there have been no precise estimates of what number of farmers have been damage, Delhi Police officers mentioned 86 of their males have been injured by the day. Of these, 41 have been injured on the Red Fort.
A protester died after his tractor overturned close to ITO, one of many main flashpoints of bother.
In an announcement, the police mentioned protesting farmers violated the circumstances agreed on for his or her tractor parade.
“The farmers started tractor rally earlier than scheduled time, additionally they resorted to violence and vandalism,” Delhi Police PRO Eish Singhal had mentioned. PTI