The younger man detained on Friday by farmers at Singhu on the Delhi border – who accuse him of conspiring to incite violence throughout their proposed Republic Day tractor rally in Delhi – alleged immediately that he was “tortured” whereas of their custody, Haryana Police DGP Manoj Yadav mentioned.
The police have been informed that two others have been nonetheless with the farmers and being “crushed mercilessly”.
Mr Yadav additionally mentioned allegations the police had educated a group to infiltrate the farmers’ camp – to sow discord and assassinate key figures earlier than the Republic Day parade – have been “baseless”.
“The farmers are levelling baseless allegations of police sending youth to disrupt their agitation. The suspected youth was tortured by the farmers… he has thrashing marks on his again. He additionally informed us farmers have detained two extra males and have crushed them mercilessly,” DGP Yadav mentioned.
The younger man was caught late Friday night and turned over to the police on Saturday. He claimed to have been educated by a policeman to disrupt the farmers’ Republic Day occasion and break up a protest that has rumbled on for over 60 days.
“Our plan was that on January 26…from the primary line, a gun shall be fired when Delhi Police tries to cease (the tractor rally). The orders are to first attempt to cease them (farmers). If they do not cease, the orders are to fireplace at them,” he informed reporters Saturday evening together with his face coated.
“On 24th, the plan is to shoot the 4 individuals on stage…” he added, naming a SHO from a Haryana police station. That identify, nevertheless, was not of the policeman assigned there.
He mentioned the “group of infiltrators” included two ladies.
In the meantime, Mr Yadav additionally insisted that Haryana Police – who have been severely criticised in November and December final yr after utilizing extreme pressure to attempt to cease farmers from Punjab and neighbouring states from marching to the nationwide capital – wouldn’t cease anyone this time.
“No one shall be stopped from marching to Delhi,” he mentioned, whereas additionally cautioning that “most precautions” could be taken to stop any disruption to Republic Day programmes within the state.
The senior police officer’s remark comes because the farmers’ proposed tractor rally – which is anticipated to see round one thousand tractors wind their approach round Delhi’s Ring Street as Republic Day celebrations happen – comes ever nearer.
Delhi Police, which has been instructed by the Supreme Courtroom to take the ultimate name on permitting the rally, has given permission for the rally. The court docket, which has upheld the farmers’ proper to peaceable protests, was informed that the rally would show an “embarrassment for the nation”.
Final week the Supreme Courtroom additionally put implementation of the agriculture legal guidelines on maintain, and arrange a committee of specialists to resolve the long-standing dispute.
They insist – as they’ve since their protests started over 60 days in the past – that all three legal guidelines should be scrapped and that the centre present authorized ensures for MSP (minimal assist value).
The centre, which is equally insistent that the legal guidelines will profit farmers, has mentioned it would provide solely written ensures for MSP and that the legal guidelines will stay, though it’s open to amendments.