Deep Sidhu, a Punjabi actor and activist who rose to prominence after the Red Fort violence during a farmers’ march on Republic Day last year, was killed in a car accident on the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) highway near Sonepat on Tuesday night.
Sidhu was killed when his vehicle collided with the back of a truck, according to Virender Singh, DSP, law and order, Sonepat.
The incident occurred around 9 p.m. near the Peepli toll booth on the KMP in Haryana’s Kharkhoda area, when Sidhu and his friend, a Punjabi actress, were driving to Punjab in a Scorpio, according to police.
According to a senior police officer, the vehicle collided with the back of a stopped truck on the side of the road. The Scorpio’s driver’s side took the brunt of the crash.
Deep At the time, Sidhu was driving. His pal was bruised and sent to a local hospital for treatment. A police officer stated, “Her status is steady.” Sidhu was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead. His body was transferred to Kharkhoda’s civil hospital.
The Delhi Police had registered 25 FIRs against farm union officials and protestors for allegedly storming the Red Fort and vandalising property a day after last year’s Republic Day farmers’ protest, which had spiralled into violence in the national capital.
In April, a Delhi court granted him bail, but he was re-arrested from Tihar Jail by the Delhi Police Crime Branch for allegedly “destroying” Red Fort, according to a report filed by the Archaeological Survey of India.
During his remand proceedings, the Delhi Police stated that Sidhu was “the major rioter and instigator,” and that he was shown in a video brandishing “swords, sticks, and flags during the violence on January 26.”He apparently “congratulated the guy who raised the (Nishan Sahib) flag at Red Fort and also did a Facebook Live from the place,” according to the allegations.
The court stated in the bail judgement that the prosecution had intended to make an example of him because he was well-known, but that this “risks a failure of justice,” and that his extended detention constituted a violation of his right to life and liberty.A few days later, the judge granted him bail in the second case, calling the second arrest “vicious and malicious.