New Delhi: The ‘most wanted’ man in the Red Fort violence on Republic Day was arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police from the Pitampura area.
Thirty-year-old Maninder Singh was seen Swinging swords at Red Fort during a tractor rally in videos and photos that surfaced after January 26. “Singh was swinging his swords to motivate or radicalise violent anti national elements indulging in the brutal assault of police personnel on duty at Red Fort on January 26,” Pramod Singh Kushwah, DCP (Special Cell) said. The investigating team has recovered two swords ( 4 feet in size ) from his house in Swaroop Nagar, the report added.
Singh, an AC mechanic, also runs a sword training school near his house. During his interrogation, he told the police he was “radicalised” after seeing various Facebook posts on different groups.
“Singh frequently visited Singhu border and was highly motivated by speeches there. He told us that he motivated six persons from his area and on the day of the violence, these men joined the tractor rally from the Singhu border to Mukarba Chowk,” Kushwah was quoted as saying.
According to the police, the accused later acted on his plan and marched to Red Fort with his associates and other armed miscreants. Maninder Singh runs a sword-training school near his house in Swaroop Nagar in Delhi, Delhi Police added.
The arrest of key accused Maninder Singh comes days after the Delhi Police arrested one Iqbal Singh in connection to the Republic Day violence case. Iqbal Singh, one of the accused in the case, was arrested from Hoshiarpur in Punjab on February 9.
Delhi Police was looking for Iqbal Singh for his alleged role in the Red Fort incident on January 26 and had announced a cash reward of Rs 50,000 for any information on his whereabouts.
Iqbal Singh was accused of instigating the crowd near the Lahori Gate to storm the Red Fort. As part of its probe in the case, the Delhi Police’s Crime Branch last week took actor-activist Deep Sidhu, who is also under arrest, and Iqbal Singh to Red Fort to recreate the scene of events that unfolded at the historic monument on Republic Day during the farmer’s tractor parade.