Actor Deep Sidhu, accused in R-Day violence, dies in accident
Actor Deep Sidhu, who was an accused in the last year's Red Fort violence case, has died in a road accident on the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway on Tuesday. According to police, the accident happened on the Western Peripheral Expressway, close to Pipli toll plaza. Sidhu, who was behind the wheel, rammed his Scorpio into a parked truck. The hospital authorities said he was brought dead.
Visuals of the car from the accident site. Punjabi actor Deep Sidhu died in a road accident after he rammed his car into a standing truck near Pipli toll at Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway, as per Haryana Police pic.twitter.com/WL2MzT1hYd— ANI (@ANI) February 15, 2022
Sidhu was arrested by the Delhi Police in February last year after being accused of orchestrating the violence at Red Fort on Republic Day. On January 26 last year, the farmers' tractor rally had turned violent with protesters breaking barricade and clashing with cops at several locations. The farmers were protesting against three farm laws, which were later withdrawn by the Centre in November.
In fact, subsequently farmers had distanced themselves from Sidhu, blaming him for the violent turn of events on Republic Day. Some had even claimed that Sidhu had links to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, sharing his photos with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, and BJP MP Sunny Deol. It was alleged Sidhu was planted by the BJP to create chaos.
Notably, Sidhu remained in the custody for 70 days, and was granted bail on April 17. However, hours later he was arrested again on the same day, based on an FIR filed by the Archaeological Survey of India over the charge of damaging the Red Fort. The Delhi court granted him bail for the second time, calling his arrest a "vicious and sinister action".
Deeply saddened to learn about the unfortunate demise of renowned actor and social activist, #DeepSidhu. My thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved family and fans.— Charanjit S Channi (@CHARANJITCHANNI) February 15, 2022