Gangster-activist Lakha Sidhana, who is wanted by Delhi Police for his involvement in the Republic Day violence in Delhi, was spotted on Tuesday at a rally in Punjab’s Mehraj village, also the hometown of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.
The rally was called by Sidhana himself as mark of support to the farmers protesting against the agriculture laws while demanding the release of those arrested by police, ANI reported.
While referring to speculation that Delhi Police could cross state borders to try and nab him, Sidhana said, “If Delhi Police comes to arrest anyone in Punjab, villagers will gherao (surround) them.”
Punjab: Lakha Sidhana (in white shirt and sweater), an accused in Jan 26 Delhi violence, was seen at a farmers' rally in Bathinda.
Earlier this month, Delhi Police announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for information leading to his arrest. pic.twitter.com/Wq4Wc57olx
— ANI (@ANI) February 23, 2021
In a latest video posted by Sidhana on Facebook on Friday, he said that the farmers’ protest is seven months old and has reached its peak and asked people to oppose Delhi Police’s crackdown on the agitation.
“The government is trying to create a fear among the farmers by registering false cases against them,” said Lakha Sidhana.
Lakha Sidhana has also indirectly hit out at farmer leader Rakesh Tikait and said the farmers’ protests are now being “led by others who are not Punjabis”.
“We are organising a farmers’ gathering in Mehraj of Bhatinda on February 23,” said Lakha Sidhana and appealed people to reach the protest in large numbers.
Delhi Police teams were about to nab Lakha Sidhana from the Singhu border area on January 26 but as the tractor rally crowd took over, but the accused switched off his phone and managed to escape from the area.
Delhi Police has since been searching through Punjab districts to trace Lakha Sidhana who has been absconding after the Republic Day violence in Delhi when a group of farmers stormed broke barricades, clashed with the police and stormed the Red Fort.
Source – India Today