New Delhi: Two magazines with 20 live cartridges were snatched from two constables by protestors. They also damaged vehicles and robbed anti-riot gears during the violence at Red Fort on Republic Day. This has been said in the FIR filed in connection with the incident. The FIR has been filed at the Kotwali police station in north Delhi. It said 141 security personnel were injured during the violence at Red Fort.
According to the FIR, the protestors tried to snatch the guns but both the constables saved their weapons. They, however, could not save the magazines.
“The mob tried to snatch the MP-5 gun of constable Bhawani Singh. However, he managed to save the gun but could not save the magazine which had 20 live rounds. Similarly, the mob also snatched the magazine with 20 live rounds of constable Naresh’s SLR gun,” the FIR stated.
There was heavy security deployment in and around the Red Fort due to Republic Day celebrations. Police allowed the tractor rally of the farmers on four routes. They were not allowed to enter the Kotwali area, the FIR mentioned.
It said around 12 pm, the north district control room informed that the farmers in huge numbers were heading towards Shanti Van Chowk from Rajghat. The barricades were already put in place due to the Republic Day security.
“Around 12.15 pm, 1,000 to 1,200 people came on 30 to 40 tractors, 125 to 130 bikes and in private cars and reached near the barricades. They insisted on going towards Red Fort,” it said.
“They were asked to head back towards their pre-decided routes for the rally. But the protestors did not pay heed to police warnings and broke the barricades with their tractors. They also tried to run their tractors over police personnel, the FIR stated.
It said later, the protesters broke the barricades and headed towards the Red Fort. When they were going towards the Red Fort, tableaux were also passing through the Netaji Subhash Marg,” the FIR added.
“The mob later hoisted different flags there. They also started creating nuisance on the rampart. The unruly mob was asked to come downstairs. They went to Meena Bazar area to enter into Red Fort. When the police tried to take them out of Lahore Gate, the mob became violent and attacked personnel. The mob thrashed the police personnel and threw them in the wells.
“They damaged a bus, a government gypsy and other vehicles. The mob robbed the anti-riots gears — cane stick, shields, body protectors, helmets etc from the police personnel,” the FIR mentioned.
The Delhi Police has named actor Deep Sidhu and gangster-turned-social activist Lakha Sidhana in an FIR in connection with the Red Fort incident.