Ambala: The video of Navdeep Singh, an Ambala farmer jumping on the water cannon from his tractor trolley and managing to turn it off during farmer's agitation on the National Highway 44 had gone viral on social media.
The incident took place on November 25 as farmers were marching towards Delhi braving water cannon and tear gas shells against the three farm laws passed by the Parliament recently.
While the treatment meted out to the farmers, on their way to Delhi, drew severe criticisms on social media, including from politicians like Arvind Kejriwal, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, Amarinder Singh, the act of Navdeep jumping from his tractor to the police vehicle has won many hearts.
However, he is booked for attempt to murder along with Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) president, Gurnam Singh Chaduni.
The police have accused them of breaking police barricade and attempting to run over policemen with a speeding tractor-trolley.
Charges of violating COVID-19 norms have also been brought against Navdeep Singh in a case registered at Parao police station.
On a complaint from the head constable Pardeep Kumar, charges under Section 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 or disease dangerous to life) have been brought against the protestors.
Navdeep's brave act which has been caught on camera didn't escape the notice of the policemen deployed there to stop the farmers from proceeding.
After he had turned the tap off, he was chased and struck by police with a cane.