Cops tried to protect deceased farmer: FIR

New Delhi: The Delhi Police have claimed that they tried to save the life of Navneet Singh, a 24 year old protester who died on Wednesday after the tractor he was driving overturned.

In one of the nearly over two dozen FIRs registered the Delhi Police have claimed that after the tractor, which was being driven in an extremely rash and negligent manner by the deceased protester, turned turtle the cops tried to pull him out to save his life.

It has been further alleged in the FIR that while the cops and “other individuals” were trying to pull Navneet Singh out, other protesters turned up with tractors and tried to mow the cops down.

“Left with no other option, we were forced to escape to save our lives”, reads one of the FIRs registered on the complaint of a Sub Inspector of the Delhi Police.

The FIR alleges that Navneet Singh charged at the cops with his tractor driven in a rash and negligent manner in a bid to kill them. And that he died in an accident after his tractor overturned.

The FIR, accessed by ET, says that it was “later learnt from sources” that Navneet Singh had succumbed to his injuries and that the disruptors took away the body of Navneet Singh, resident of Bilaspur, Uttar Pradesh and staged a protest at ITO.

The FIRs- registered against disruptors who vandalised public properties on the 72nd Republic Day- allege that the accused deliberately drove their tractors recklessly in a bid to kill the cops.

The two FIRs registered by the Delhi Police in Police stations of I P Estate and Burari, accessed by ET, allege that while the cops repeatedly kept urging the protesters to maintain peace but the accused charged at the cops with tractors.

The complainant, a Sub Inspector, in one of the FIRs has alleged that refusing to adhere to the pre-decided routes for tractor rally, the over 10,000 protestors turned up in over 500 to 600 tractors and barged their way into the Central district in Delhi.

The FIR alleges that the protestors were raising slogans against the Delhi Police. The FIR claims that protesters were warned over the loud speakers to maintain calm but they went on a rampage breaking down the barricades set up by the Delhi Police.

The protesters assaulted the cops with sticks, stones and iron pieces as a result of which the cops were compelled to use tear gas, reads the FIR. As per available information over two dozen FIRs have been registered so far including criminal cases against nine farmer leaders.

The charges against the accused in these FIRs range from attempt to murder to defacement, damage to public properties, criminal conspiracy, voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty etc. To ensure that stringent legal action is taken against the accused, the Delhi Police have invoked the Arms Act, Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act and the Epidemic Diseases Act for not adhering to social distancing norms to prevent Covid-19.

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