Farmer who climbed onto water cannon tanker to turn it off faces murder and riot charges

A protester who was seen jumping and climbing onto a police water cannon vehicle to turn it off the cannon, has been booked under charges of attempt to murder, rioting and violation of Covid-19 guidelines.

The charges carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

The protester was identified as Navdeep Singh. In a viral video on social media, Navdeep can be seen scaling up a blue colour water cannon tanker, turning it off and then jumping on a tractor trolley standing nearby.

Navdeep in his defence said he was just trying to protect farmers from being hit by water in such cold weather.

“After my studies, I started doing farming with my father who is a farm leader. I never indulged in any illegal activities and got courage from the commitment of protesting farmers to climb the vehicle and turn off the tap as it was hurting them,” he told The Times of India.

“While protesting peacefully, we were demanding a passage to Delhi but the police blocked our passage. We have all the right to question the government and protest if any anti-people laws are passed,” he added.

Tens of thousands of farmers are currently marching to New Delhi, the capital city to protest against new farm laws passed by the Modi administration. The farmers were greeted with barbed wire barricades, tear gas and water cannons. While many faced the brunt of violence in clashes with riot police.