NEW DELHI: A Haryana based man who became a hero on social media for scaling a police water cannon to turn it off has been charged with "attempt to murder."
During the protest march of farmers towards Delhi, farmers were blocked with tear gas, water cannons and lathi charge, leading to flak on social media.
In a moment that was described as "iconic", 26-year-old Navdeep Singh had climbed the blue water cannon vehicle while the farmers were bombarded with water.
Navdeep has been charged with attempt to murder which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, along with rioting and violation of COVID-19 rules.
Navdeep told the media that he turned off the water because it was hurting the protesting farmers and did not do any other illegal activities.
He is the son of farmers' body leader Jai Singh and joined his fathers' profession after studies.
Navdeep reiterated that the farmers have the right to question the government and protest if any anti-people laws are passed.
Farmers organisations, mostly hailing from Punjab and Haryana, are protesting against three contentious laws;
Recently, the Delhi government rejected the police request to turn nine stadiums in the state into detention centres for protesting farmers.
Farmers have been permitted to enter the state.