The family members of Jugraj Singh, the man who allegedly hoisted the Khalsa flag atop the Red Fort, are said to have fled their village on possible fear of police action, reports Times of India.
According to the report, Jugraj's family members who were earlier supportive of him hoisting the flag on the national monument are feeling regretful.
It should be noted that Jugraj, who is 23-year-old and hails from Wan Tara Singh in Punjab, is believed to have hoisted the Nishan Sahib on the Red Fort on Republic Day amid the violence in the farmers' tractor rally in the national capital.
Jugraj's parents allegedly fled their village, leaving behind his elderly grandparents to face the police and media.
The reports quoted villagers as saying that the police have raided Jugraj's house several times but returned empty-handed.
His grandfather Mehal Singh, who was earlier supportive of his grandson's alleged act, has now said, "We don’t know what or how it happened, he is a decent boy who never gave us any reason to complain.”
Prem Singh, a village elder who was also present at Mehal's house, said that he watched the incident on TV. He said that Jugraj's act was "unfortunate" but he didn't know the consequences of hoisting a flag in such a manner on Red Fort. He further claimed that Jugraj's act was spontaneous one and not pre-planned.
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