On June 30, Shiromani Gurudwara Prabandhak Committee, Amritsar, awarded Rs 1 Lakh the family of Jugraj Singh for hoisting ‘Kesari Flag’ on Red Fort on Republic Day this year. During the riots at the national capital on 26 January, as part of the farmer protests, the Red Fort was taken over by the protestors, who had hoisted the flag on it. The rioters had also attacked the police and vandalized the historic monument.
SGPC honoured the family of Sikh youth Bhai Jugraj Singh with Rs 1 Lakh For Hoisting ‘Kesari Flag’ On Red Fort
In a social media post, SGPC wrote, “SGPC honoured the family of Sikh youth Bhai Jugraj Singh who hoisted the Kesari Flag on Red Fort with Rs 1 lakh. SGPC member Bhai Manjit Singh handed over this appreciation amount to the family of Bhai Jugraj Singh.” Reports say – this is not the first time SGPC has ‘honoured’ the family. In March 2021, an event was organized inside Golden Temple in memory of the rioter identified as Navreet Singh, who was killed during the Republic Day riots after his tractor turned turtle while trying to break barricades.
Jugraj Singh hails from Punjab’s Tarn Taran district. He was booked for rioting and sedition by Delhi Police and has been on the run since. Police have announced a bounty of Rs 1 lakh for anyone who can provide information that could lead to his arrest. Another accused Buta Singh, who had helped Jugraj Singh to hoist the flag was arrested on June 29. There was a bounty of Rs 50,000 for his arrest.
Farmer’s Protest Or Riots..!
On January 26, groups of alleged farmers forcefully entered Delhi on the pretext of a Tractor Rally. They created a riot-like situation in which over 300 police personnel were injured, and properties worth crores were damaged. The rally was supposed to be a protest rally against the New Agriculture law.
Visuals that emerged from the riots showed how the alleged farmers tried to mow down the police personnel with tractors, attacked them with swords, batons and other weapons. A group of rioters including Deep Sidhu, Gurjot Singh, Jugraj Singh and other reached the Red Fort and hoisted two flags with the Sikh Holy Symbols.
Interestingly, the hoisting of the flags was in sync with the provocations of terrorist organization ‘Sikh For Justice’, whose founder had announced a cash prize for the person(s) who hoist the flag on Red Fort.