After massive violence in Delhi, on Wednesday Delhi police are scanning multiple videos and CCTV footage to identify farmers involved in the central Delhi violence, where thousands of protesters clashed with cops who, severely outnumbered, resorted to teargas shelling and lathi charge.
Anarchy prevailed at ITO after protesting farmers vandalised a DTC bus and hurled stones at police personnel. Another group stormed the Red Fort and a protester was seen hoisting the Nishan Sahib, a religious flag of the Sikh community, inside the monument. However, police personnel succeeded in stopping them from entering Lutyens’ Delhi.
Farmer leaders who have been named in the FIRs include: Rakesh Tikait (of Bhartiya Kisan Union), Vijender Singh Virk, VM Singh, Jagtaar Singh Bajwa, Rishipal Singh, Harpal Singh, Vinod Kumar, Darshan Pal, Rajinder Singh, Balbir Singh Rajewal, Buta Singh, Joginder Singh Ugraha, Gurnam Singh Chaduni, and Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav. Most of them have been booked for violating the NOC guidelines issued for the tractor parade.
Bhartiya Kisan Union spokesperson Rakesh Tikait's name is mentioned in an FIR by Delhi Police. The FIR mentions multiple IPC sections, including sec 307 (attempt to murder), 147 (punishment for rioting) and 353 (assault/criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty). In one of the FIRs, a Delhi Police cop has alleged that farmers tried to kill him by riding a tractor on the barricades. He alleged that this was done on the orders of the farmers' leaders. The complaint also alleges that number plates of the tractors were hidden.
The police have said that farmers were allowed to hold their tractor march from 12 noon to 5 pm but they started the march early. Besides, there was limit of 5,000 tractors that could participate in the march. This limit was not adhered to, the police say.
Addressing a press conference on Wednesday Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava said "Farmer leaders betrayed the Delhi police. While 50 have been detained in connection with the violence, 19 accused have been arrested. What the Delhi Police did was because of the intelligence they had."
“An SIT will be formed and charges of treason may also be filed for disrespecting national tricolour," he said. "Any leader found guilty will be punished, no one will be spared. Delhi Police has registered more than 25 criminal cases. We have video footage of the violence and are using facial recognition software," Commissioner SN Shrivastava said.