On 26 January, actor-activist Deep Sidhu was sent to 14-day judicial custody in connection with the violence in the Red Fort during the tractor parade of farmers taken out in protest against three agricultural laws, on 26 January. Sidhu was produced in the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Samarjit Kaur after the seven-day police custody period ended in the case. Earlier on February 16, the court extended seven-day police custody of Deep Sidhu.
The police had appealed to Sidhu to be given more time for custodial interrogation and said that the detention period needs to be extended for further investigation and identification of other accused in the case. The police allege that Sidhu is one of the main accused of inciting violence at the Red Fort during the tractor parade of farmers. Police say there are videos in which Sidhu can allegedly be seen at the scene of the incident.
A case has been registered against Sidhu under various sections of the Indian Penal Code. On the day of Republic Day, there was a clash between farmers and policemen during the tractor parade of farmers in the national capital. Meanwhile, some protesters reached the Red Fort with tractors. Some of them went inside and put a religious flag on the ramparts of this historic building. Around 500 policemen were injured and one demonstrator was killed in the violence.
Worked in the Punjabi romantic film Ramta Jogi
Sidhu, a resident of Muktsar district of Punjab, worked in some Punjabi films before associating himself with the peasant movement. He has also studied law. Model-turned-actor Sidhu started his acting career with the Punjabi romantic film Ramta Jogi (2015), directed by Guddu Dhanoa. He came into the limelight when last year, protesters at Shambhu, near Haryana, joined the dharna of farmers. Sidhu has also been a close associate of BJP MP Sunny Deol, who contested the 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Gurdaspur seat in Punjab. He was with Deol during the election campaign. However, Deol had made a distance since Sidhu joined the farmer movement last year.