Khalistan sympathizer Amritpal is still absconding, police are looking for him.
Chandigarh, March 19 (Language) The Punjab Police has revealed that a search is on for extremist preacher and Khalistan supporter Amritpal Singh.
“He is absconding now and we are looking for him and we will nab him soon,” Jalandhar Police Commissioner Kuldeep Singh Chahal told reporters near Nakodar near Jalandhar on Saturday night.
Chahal said six to seven militants of Amritpal Singh have been arrested.
Officials said the Punjab police on Saturday launched a major crackdown on Amritpal Singh and his supporters and arrested 78 members of the organization led by Singh.
Singh’s convoy was intercepted in Jalandhar district, but managed to escape after eluding the police. The authorities have deployed security at various places and suspended internet and SMS services in the state till Sunday afternoon.
Police on Saturday launched a ‘Massive Statewide Siege and Search Operation (CASO)’ against people linked to Singh-led ‘Waris Punjab De’ (WPD). Several criminal cases have been registered against Singh.
According to the police, a total of 78 people were arrested in the incident and many were detained for investigation.
This police action came a day before Amritpal Singh’s religious procession ‘Khalsa Vahir’ started from Muxar district.
According to the police, they have recovered nine weapons, one .315 bore gun, seven 12 bore guns, one revolver and 373 cartridges in the operation in the region.
Security is tight in Punjab and vehicles are being searched at various places.
A police spokesman said people associated with the WPD were involved in four criminal cases related to inciting inter-departmental enmity, attempted murder, assaulting police and obstructing public servants.
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Last month, Amritpal and his supporters brandishing swords and guns broke through barricades and entered the Ajanala police station on the outskirts of Amritsar. They all demanded the release of Amritpal’s accomplice.
6 policemen including the Superintendent of Police were injured in the incident. Following the incident, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led government in the state faced heavy criticism and was accused of kowtowing to extremists.
Dubai-based Amritpal Singh became the leader of ‘Waris Punjab De’ founded by actor and activist Deep Sidhu last year. Deep Sidhu died in a car accident in February last year.
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