A conspiracy to break up the ongoing farmers’ agitation was unearthed with the capture of a man who allegedly said, he was part of a 10-member team, trained to incite violence during the planned tractor rally on January 26, and to kill farmer leaders ahead of that, claimed farmer union leaders.
According to union leaders, farmers camped at Singhu on the Delhi-Haryana border on Friday evening had captured a man. The man confessed about the conspiracy and told them that he was part of a 10-member team, trained to incite violence during the planned tractor rally on January 26, and to kill farmer leaders ahead of that. He also said that a police official had trained him to disrupt the event on Republic Day. However, the farmer leaders handed him to the Haryana police.
The protesters said the young man was part of a conspiracy to break up their ongoing agitation. Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and other states take part in the agitation.
Meanwhile, the 11th round of talks they held with the Central government on Friday ended in a deadlock.
The farmers have been protesting for nearly two months, under severe climatic conditions, demanding the repeal of three contentious agricultural laws passed by Parliament in September last. The protesters have decided to proceed with a planned tractor rally on Republic Day in Delhi.
Police train 10 people to disrupt farmer rally?
“Our plan was that on January 26… from the front line, a gun will be fired, when the Delhi police try to stop (the tractor rally). The orders are to first try and stop them (farmers). If they don’t stop, the orders are to fire at them,” the captured man, his face covered, told media persons.
“On 24th, the plan is to shoot the four people on stage. Pradeep Singh trained us. He is police SHO of Rai (station house officer or station in-charge). Whenever he came to meet us, he would be wearing a mask,” the man alleged.
The SHO of Rai police station, however, is Vivek Malik, and no policeman named Pradeep is posted there. Malik said, he watched the farmers’ press conference last night, and was surprised at the captured man’s claim.
At the press briefing the unnamed man also said, there were nine others, including two women, who were part of the team meant to spark chaos at the tractor rally. However, he didn’t know the names of the others.
One farmer leader said, “The youth has identified photos of the four farmer leaders, who were to be targeted. And the operation was to be executed any time after January 23.” Meanwhile, Sonipat police are questioning the captured man.