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Republic Day violence: Deep Sidhu’s police custody extended by 7 days

New Delhi, February 16:

A Delhi court on Tuesday extended Punjabi actor Deep Sidhu’s police custody by seven days in the Republic Day violence case.

Sidhu, arrested from Karnal bypass in Haryana on February 9, has been touted by Delhi Police as the ‘main instigator’ of the violence which took place at the Red Fort on Republic Day.

Delhi Police Crime Branch is probing if the violence was part of a larger conspiracy. On February 9, the court had sent him to seven-day custody of the police for interrogation.

While in custody, Sidhu, along with another accused Iqbal Singh, was taken to the Red Fort to recreate the scene of events that unfolded there on Republic Day. The last custody was sought for a multitude of reasons, including to visit Mumbai, Punjab, and Haryana to explore links, identify and arrest his supporters and recover phones with different SIM cards used by him.

On January 26, protesting farmers had clashed with the police during the tractor rally against three farm laws. During the clash, a section of protesters had entered the Red Fort and hoisted a religious flag.