Farmer leaders at the Singhu border protest site on Friday presented a person who claims to be a part of two teams assigned to shoot four farmer leaders and cause disruption in the agitation on January 26.
Farmers at the Singhu border protest site on Friday presented a person who claims to be a part of two teams assigned to shoot four farmer leaders and cause disruption in the agitation on January 26.
Addressing a press conference on Friday night, farmers at Singhu Border alleged a sinister plot to disrupt farmer’s agitation and presented a masked man who claimed his team members were allegedly asked to pose as policemen and baton-charge on the crowd if things go out of control during the January 26 tractor rally. He also named police officials allegedly involved in the plan.
The man, who was made to sit and speak in the press conference, claimed that their team was given weapons at two places. “During January 26 tractor rally, it was planned that half of the people [of his team] will be present wearing police uniforms to scatter the farmers’ groups. We were also given the photograph of four people, who were to be shot, present at the stage. The person who directed us is a cop,” the masked man further claimed.
“We have two teams. I am here since January 19. We were tasked to find out whether protesters were carrying arms,” the man said.
“For January 26, the plan was that our other team members will mingle with the protesters. And if the protesters approach with their parade, then we were asked to fire shots at them,” the man further claimed.
#WATCH | Delhi: Farmers at Singhu border present a person who alleges a plot to shoot four farmer leaders and cause disruption; says there were plans to cause disruption during farmers' tractor march on Jan 26. pic.twitter.com/FJzikKw2Va
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“During the agitation on January 26, the farmers will first be given a warning by the police and if they do not stop after that then the plan is to shoot them in their knee first. Then our team of 10 will shoot from behind to make it look like the farmers have resorted to using firearms in Delhi,” the man claimed.
BKU leader Jagjit Singh Dallewal said that the man caught by them initially tried to defame the morcha by alleging that protesters were involved in harassing a girl near the protest site. “When we grilled him, he admitted that he just created the ruckus to see if protesters were carrying any arms. Later, he revealed much more, Jagjit Singh Dalelwal said.
Delhi Police, meanwhile, said they are not aware of any masked man, adding that no formal complaint has been filed with till now.
The man has been handed over to the Haryana Police and has been taken to Kundli Police Station for questioning.
‘Given Rs 10,000 to carry out disruption’
The man claimed that they were working for money and were to be given Rs 10,000 each to carry out the disruption.
“We were working for money. There are other people as well who are involved in this who are yet to be caught. I would request that our families should not be informed about this. We were to be given Rs 10,000 each to carry out the disruption,” news agency ANI quoted him as saying.
“I have also been informed about the appearance of the people who will come here to cause disruption. Those men will be wearing boots, turbans and ribbed jeans. Other men who will come to January 26 rally will come in police uniforms,” the man claimed.
Police rubbish claims
India Today TV spoke to SHO of Rai Police Station in Haryana’s Sonepat, who the masked man claimed was the main conspirator of the plan. While the man identified Rai SHO as Pradeep, the post is held by Vivek Malik for the past seven months.
SHO Vivek Malik said that that he heard the entire press conference and that there is no officer named Pradeep in the Rai Police Station.
Rubbishing the masked man’s claims, SHO Vivek Malik said that the so-called “plan” makes no sense as there is no role of police in the farmers’ agitation.
“The boy is saying that they were asked to pose as police and shoot at the farmers. What is the police going to do among the farmers? There was a tractor march in the past too, there was no police present there, there were only farmers. I am not a thief, neither have I done anything wrong that I will run away. I am sitting in the police station,” Rai SHO Vivek Malik said.
Source: India Today