Intelligence Agencies Had Information About Farmers ‘Mission Red Fort’ 20 Days In Advance?

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New Delhi, January 28, 2021: The violence that erupted during the farmers’ tractor rally on January 26 is being termed as a failure of the intelligence system, but if sources are to be believed, the agencies had foreseen 20 days in advance, that the protesters may break into the Red Fort.

In the first week of January, a high-level meeting was held under the chairmanship of the Special Director of Intelligence Bureau. During this meeting, it was briefed that the banned organization Sikh for Justice (SFJ) can hoist the Khalistan flag at the Red Fort.

Arrangements to deal with this situation were also discussed in the meeting. The meeting was attended by senior officials of India’s external agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), Special Protection Group (SPG), Haryana Police, besides eight top officers of Delhi Police, and 12 top officers of Intelligence Bureau (IB).

The separatist organization SFJ was formed in the year 2007. This US-based organization demands a separate Khalistan for Sikhs. Earlier, the SFJ had announced prize money of 3 lakh 50 thousand dollars for hoisting the Khalistan flag on the Red Fort on Republic Day.

According to sources, it was also discussed during the meeting that the Red Fort should be closed between January 20 and 27 and a reply was also sought from the Delhi Police.

Security agencies were also instructed to increase security on buildings of historical and national importance in Delhi to prevent any wrongdoing from fundamentalist Sikhs and SFJs.

“During the meeting, the officials said that Sikhs celebrate Republic Day every year as’ Black Day’ and this year many leaders of these organizations are present in the ongoing peasant movement in the country. Farmers protesting on the borders of Delhi are also receiving economic funding from these radical leaders”, an official said.

Around 12 pm on January 26, agencies also received input that farmers undertaking the tractor rally could also move towards PM Awas, Home Minister’s residence, Rajpath, India Gate, and Red Fort. The message was received by all police officers engaged in the security of Delhi.

Police Commissioner SN Srivastava said that Delhi Police has so far arrested 19 people and registered 25 criminal cases in this case for the violence that erupted during the tractor rally. The protesters broke into the barricades, entered Delhi and violence took place in many areas.

Since November 26 last year, farmers have been agitating at different borders in Delhi against the three agricultural laws brought by the Center.