Red Fort violence was a ‘well-planned conspiracy’: indictment sheet
Swords, rods, pharsi (saintie), wooden cot legs and spears – these are some of the “weapons” police listed in the indictment regarding the violence at the Red Fort compound. the day of the Republic. Police filed the indictment against 16 people in a city court on May 17 and said the violence and assault on Fort Rouge was a “well-planned plot.”
Police said in the indictment that the defendants were well equipped to “wreak havoc” and use the premises of the Red Fort as their new site of protest.
Using more than 100 video clips shot from drones, hired photographers, social media videos and CCTV cameras, police have attached videos of those arrested to their indictment to show how they were filmed with the aforementioned weapons. Police have attached a video capture of the arrested person, showing them bearing arms. In some videos, those arrested are also seen attacking police officers with weapons. As proof that those arrested were at Fort Rouge, police attached a report on the location of each person’s cell phone, which confirmed their location.
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A charge sheet is a legal document submitted to the court by the investigator, which lists the charges and evidence against those charged in the case. It is on the basis of a charge sheet that the court begins the trial.
The role of pro-Khalistan groups suspected
Suspecting the role of pro-Khalistan terrorist groups based outside India, Delhi police said in the indictment that they were investigating a phone call that one of those arrested, Iqbal Singh, 45 years old, had received while at the Fort Rouge complex. Police said Iqbal received the call from Canada.
Police accused Iqbal of being one of the main people behind the crowd at the complex. Iqbal, 45, a resident of Ludhiana was arrested on February 10. Police used a photograph seized from Iqbal’s cell phone, who was allegedly shot dead outside the Red Fort compound on December 19, when he was stopped by security personnel on entering the compound. He was there to do a reconnaissance. Police said the violence and flag-raising on Republic Day was a planned plot.
One of the videos of the Republic Day violence at the Red Fort attached in the indictment shows Iqbal asking the crowd to attack security guards and police personnel, who kept the crowd from enter the structure protected by ASI on January 26.
“Hamare passes dande bhi hai… .dande tayyar rakh lo,” he was quoted from the video in the indictment sheet
“It was only after the provocation of the accused (Iqbal Singh) that the rioting crowd broke down the main entrance gate (Lahori Gate) of the Red Fort and entered the complex,” the report reads. ‘indictment.
Police cited Iqbal Singh’s confession in which he said he was told he would get a cash award from the Sikhs For Justice group, a banned pro-Khalistan organization, if he hoisted Nishan’s flag Sahib at the Red Fort.
Certainly, Singh’s “confession” to the police is not considered admissible evidence by the court during the trial.
“During police custody, the accused (Iqbal) also revealed that during his stay / visit to Canada in 2009, the accused worked with a gurdwara in Toronto, who is known / popular for his support for the Khalistani movement in the Punjab. The accused is also a staunch supporter of the Khalistan movement. Even on the date of the incident, January 26, 2021, while he was present at Red Fort, he received a call from Canada. The investigation in this regard is continuing to probe its links with the Canadian Khalistani inhabitants in the present case … In addition, there is a recorded audio conversation, where the daughter of the accused Iqbal Singh is speaking with the one of his relatives by mentioning that they will get an amount of ₹50 lakh, ”the indictment sheet reads.
Police told court they were also investigating this matter.
Suspects still in custody
Of the 16 people named in the indictment, at least 13 people such as Punjab actor turned activist Deep Sidhu and Iqbal Singh have been released on bail. Three people, identified as a 23-year-old Dutch national of Indian origin, Maninderjit Singh alias Moni, Khempreet Singh and Jabrajang Singh, are still in judicial detention.
At least 394 police officers and 10 farmers were injured at the Republic Day tractor rally as protesting farmers strayed from the rally’s pre-approved route; clashed with police personnel when farmers prevented farmers from entering parts of central and New Delhi. Many protesters also entered the Red Fort and hoisted two flags – one religious and one from the union.