A day after a farmers’ tractor rally on Republic Day that dissolved into chaos and violence after protesters compelled their approach into Delhi, the farmer chief who knocked down the primary barricade has denied any function within the Red Fort breach. Satnam Singh Pannu blamed the ruling BJP of organising the Red Fort violence to tarnish the farmer protests.
Satnam Singh Pannu and members of his Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee, a smaller group collaborating within the two-month protests towards three farm legal guidelines, have been chargeable for breaking by means of the primary barricade at Delhi’s borders, at some extent known as the “Muqarba Chowk”.
The deliberate tractor rally, permitted after the Republic Day parade within the capital was over, descended into lawlessness after the farmers broke by means of barricades earlier than time and adjusted the agreed route. After reaching the guts of Delhi and clashing with the police, protesters drove their tractors into the long-lasting Red Fort, armed with sticks and flags. A non secular flag known as “Nishan Sahib” was put up by the protesters, who have been additionally seen chasing and attacking policemen in movies.
Mr Pannu stated the change of route was not unannounced.
“We had declared at the outset that we would take the Outer Ring Road. Even the Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (the group leading the farmer protests) had also said so, but it backed out later. We broke barricades only when the police stopped us,” he stated.
“We kept telling the police that we will peacefully go on the Outer Ring Road.”
Mr Pannu insisted that his group had nothing to do with the Red Fort violence later. He named Deep Sidhu, a Punjabi actor and activist, of instigating the clashes and planting a Sikh spiritual flag.
“Whatever happened at Red Fort is because of Deep Sidhu. Why didn’t the police stop him at Red Fort? He is close to the ruling party.”