Khalistani leader Amritpal Singh is still on the run from the Punjab police and is being sought. Authorities recovered a large stash of weapons and ammunition from his assistants, who were apprehended yesterday.
A major manhunt has been begun to apprehend Amritpal Singh, who was last seen speeding away on a motorcycle last evening in Jalandhar, according to sources.
So far, police have arrested seven of Amritpal Singh’s accomplices, and numerous members of his organisation, ‘Waris Punjab De,’ have been detained for questioning. Daljeet Singh Kalsi, the Khalistani leader’s financial manager, was also apprehended this morning in Haryana’s Gurgaon.
According to top police sources, four of his top arrested aides have been airlifted to Dibrugarh in upper Assam by a special aircraft. They will almost certainly be held in the high-security Dibrugarh Central Prison. Amritpal Singh’s father has also been detained and is being questioned.
Cops in Jalandhar have also confiscated Amritpal Singh’s automobile. Hundreds of live cartridges were discovered inside the vehicle.
A special squad of state police from seven districts had been following the Khalistani leader’s convoy on his trip to Jalandhar’s Shahkot tehsil yesterday. The extreme preacher, who claims to be a follower of terrorist Bhindranwale, escaped on a motorcycle from police.
Authorities increased security at numerous locations after his aides posted videos on social media claiming that police officers were chasing them and urging followers to congregate near Shahkot. The state’s internet restriction will remain in effect until Monday noon in order to prevent the dissemination of misinformation and rumours via social media.
According to sources, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann met with Home Minister Amit Shah on March 2 to discuss the plot to arrest Amritpal Singh. Before the police went out to seek for him on Saturday, the central government ordered more soldiers to Punjab.
The raid comes less than a month after Amritpal Singh and his supporters stormed a police station armed with swords and firearms in exchange for the release of one of his aides. The brawl injured six police officers. Following the incident, the Punjab administration attracted widespread criticism for the state’s law and order condition.
Amritpal Singh is the leader of “Waris Punjab De,” a radical organization founded by actor and activist Deep Sidhu, who died in a car accident last February.
Amritpal Singh, who is frequently seen escorted by armed supporters, has openly declared his intention to declare secession from India and establish Khalistan. According to officials, Amritpal Singh has maintained close ties with the Pakistani intelligence agency ISI and terrorist groups headquartered in other countries.
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