Deep Sidhu is an aide of BJP MP Sunny Deol. Sidhu campaigned and provided every support to the Deol family during the Gurdaspur seat in Punjab during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. After the controversy, Deol had distanced himself from Sidhu in December last year after he joined the farmers’ agitation. Deep Sidhu, a BJP man who is very close to Hema Malini and Dharmendra, has been associated with the farmers’ agitation for the last many months. He is a small-time Punjabi actor who grabbed the limelight for all erroneous reasons. Massive outrage amid farmers’ tractor rallies on Republic Day saw a pool of reactions from all walks of life. Reacting to allegations, the actor confirmed that although he was present at the rally he did not remove the National flag.
He stated that the national flag was not removed from the flagpole at the Red Fort and that nobody raised a question over the country’s unity and integrity.”To symbolically register our protest against the new farm legislation, we put up ‘Nishan Sahib’ and a farmer flag and also raised a slogan of Kisan Mazdoor Ekta. The flag represents the country’s unity in diversity, he said while pointing towards the ‘Nishan Sahib’, a symbol of Sikh religion seen at all Gurdwara complexes. Sidhu, who has been associated with the farmers’ agitation for the last many months, said “anger flares up” in a mass movement like this when the genuine rights of people are ignored. “In today’s situation, that anger flared up”, he said. However, the Chief of the Haryana unit of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), Gurnam Singh Chaduni has accused the Punjabi singer and actor of inciting and misguiding protesters. “He (Deep Sidhu) led them to the Red Fort. Farmers never wanted to go to Red Fort,” BKU leader Gurnam Singh Chaduni said. Leaders across the political spectrum also condemned the violence and the Red Fort incident.
The farmers were led by Nihangs equipped with swords and kirpans as they charged at the police and broke through barricades, the Delhi Police have said in its First Information Report (FIR) on the clashes. Delhi Police says over 300 policemen were injured in clashes with protesters who defied agreements and took their tractor rally to the center of Delhi on Republic Day. “The Additional DCP Central’s operator was attacked with a sword at ITO on Tuesday during the violence,” the police said. The incident took place just outside the Delhi Police headquarters at ITO, a key intersection in Delhi.
The operator, Sandeep, was quoted as telling news agency ANI: “Many violent people reached Red Fort suddenly. Drunken farmers or whoever they were attacked us suddenly with swords, lathis, and other weapons.” He said the situation was worsening and it was “too difficult” to control the violent crowd.