A case has been registered against Navdeep Singh, along with other farmers at Parao police station by the Ambala police.
The protesters comprised of farmers from Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh. To stop the protesters, the police resorted to tear gas and water cannons.
An incident took place at Mohra village in Ambala district on National Highway (NH) 44 on Nov 25, which gained the national media's attention. Navdeep Singh, the son of a farmers' body leader Jai Singh, climbed on the police water cannon, turned off the tap, and jumped back onto his tractor-trolley. A video of the incident went viral and the boy was titled as a ‘hero’ on social media.
Navdeep told The Times of India that a policeman had climbed up to chase him when he turned the tap off until his brother had bought his tractor near the cannon and Navdeep jumped on to it. The policemen had hit Navdeep on his legs to stop him. He added, he didn't revolt as even the police were doing their duty.
According to PTI, on Nov. 26, after a complaint from head constable Pardeep Kumar, cases were registered on Bharatiya Kisan Union president Gurnam Singh Charuni, Navdeep Singh, and several other farmers. The FIR ascertained that Deputy Superintendent of Police Ram Kumar, who led the police team at the spot, had asked Charuni not to proceed further, but he refused. The farmers broke police barricades with their tractors, during which the police officials had a narrow escape by the tractors heading towards Delhi. They violated guidelines pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The charges under Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 147 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly), 186 (obstructing any public servant in discharge of public functions), and 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) were booked at the Parao police station, Ambala.
Inspector Rajvir Singh, SHO of Panipat's Police Station (Industrial) in Sector 29, said that a case was registered under the provisions of section 188 IPC (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), Disaster Management Act, 2005 and under other provisions of the IPC in Panipat. This was in violations relating to breaking police barriers and other actions. .