Maninder Singh, one of the most wanted people in the Red Fort violence on 26 January, has been arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police.
Delhi Police said two 4.3-foot swords were recovered from his house in Swaroop Nagar.
In addition, a long video of him swinging in the Red Fort on January 26 was found on his mobile phone.
Other pictures of his presence at the Singhu border protest site were also on his phone.
The 30-year-old, also known as ‘Moni’, works as an AC mechanic.
Maninder Singh was arrested under the 41.1 Criminal Procedure Code (CRPC) near Bus Stop CD Block Pitampura at around 7.45 pm on Tuesday evening.
“The arrested person was seen in a video swinging two swords at the Red Fort, who indulged in / brutalized / radicalized / indulged in barbaric attacks / harassment on policemen on duty with swords, khandas, iron rods, axes. Was intended to do. Barsa, dandas Adi and the historic memorial on Republic Day 2021 damaging the Red Fort, ”the police release said.
Police said the arrested accused has revealed that he was radicalized after seeing inflammatory Facebook posts on various groups. He often visited the Singhu border and was heavily inspired by the speeches made by the leaders there.
According to Delhi Police, the said accused has revealed that he had inspired six people from his neighborhood in Swaroop Nagar area.
The release said that all the six people riding on the bike had joined the farmers’ tractor rally on 26/01/2021 going from Singhu border towards Mukarba Chowk. Before joining the tractor rally, Maninder Singh carried two swords with him.
“As per his plan, the accused along with 5 of his associates and other unidentified armed miscreants sneaked into the Red Fort and Maninder acted swordsmanship / swinging. That sword dance caused violent protesters to indulge in all sorts of violence. Prompted further harassment in the fort. Against policemen on duty including public policemen and damaging the historic monument of the Red Fort, “the release continued.
The release further stated that Maninder Singh runs a sword training school in an empty plot near his house in Swaroop Nagar, Delhi.
Further interrogation of the accused continues.