The agitating farmers at Singhu on the Delhi-Haryana border are claiming that they have captured a man who says he was part of a 10-member gang trained by a police official to stir up violence during the proposed tractor rally on January 26 and to kill farmer leaders ahead of that. The farmers have handed over the man to the Haryana police today.
The Haryana police have identified the accused as Yogesh, a resident of Sonipat. He had photographs of four farmer leaders. Yogesh was captured from the Singhu border.
On Friday evening, the man was caught and was part of a conspiracy to interrupt the ongoing farmers protest over the three contentious farm laws. Thousands of farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and other states have been agitating at Delhi borders demanding to repeal the three laws since November last year.
While addressing media, he said that their plan was to fire a gun when the Delhi police try to stop the tractor rally on January 26. They are instructed to first try and stop them. If they are unwilling, the order was to fire at the farmers. He further added that on January 24, the plan was to shoot the four people on stage. He claims that the team was trained by Pradeep Singh, a police Station House Officer of Rai and used to wear a mask, whenever he visits the trainees.
It is interesting to note that Vivek Malik is the SHO of Rai police station and no other policeman named Pradeep is currently stationed there.
Meanwhile, a meeting between 32 Punjab farmer unions is progressing at the Singhu border. The meeting comes a day even after the 11th discussion when both sides could not even reach a decision. Today, a crucial meeting of the Samkyukt Kisan Morcha will be also held.