A particular staff of the Punjab police, gearing as much as arrest self-styled radical Sikh preacher and Khalistan sympathiser Amritpal Singh, right now detained six of his associates and deployed heavy police pressure within the Moga district. Web has additionally been suspended throughout the state until 12 pm tomorrow. High police sources stated they’re “very shut” to catching the separatist chief.
Sources say the state authorities waited for the G20 occasion to recover from to provoke motion towards him.
Amritpal leads “Waris Punjab De”, a radical organisation began by actor and activist Deep Sidhu, who died in a street accident in February final yr.
Sources stated police personnel from seven district chased Amritpal Singh and his associates, and have surrounded him at Mehatpur village in Jalandhar’s Shahkot tehsil. Police had closed all roads and arrange large barricades in Shahkot as they’d prior data of Amritpal Singh’s go to.
Punjab police has, via a tweet, requested all residents to take care of peace and concord, and “to not panic or unfold pretend information or hate speech”.
Request all residents to take care of peace & concord
Punjab Police is working to take care of Regulation & Order
Request residents to not panic or unfold pretend information or hate speech pic.twitter.com/gMwxlOrov3
— Punjab Police India (@PunjabPoliceInd) March 18, 2023
Anticipating disturbance, a big contingent of police has been deployed exterior Amritpal’s native village, Jallupur Khaira, in Amritsar district. Sources stated police and paramilitary forces have sealed the village.
The unconventional separatist chief, who has been lively in Punjab for a couple of years, is usually seen escorted by armed supporters.
Amritpal Singh was on the centre of an enormous protest on February 23 towards the arrest of his key aide, kidnapping accused Lovepreet Singh. His supporters, a few of them brandishing swords and weapons, broke via barricades and barged right into a police station in Ajnala on the outskirts of the Amritsar metropolis, extracting an assurance from the police that Lovepreet Singh can be launched. He had later blamed the Punjab Police for the violence.
Six police personnel, together with a Superintendent of Police rank officer, have been injured in the course of the conflict. The police haven’t but revealed whether or not an FIR was lodged towards Amritpal for the violence.
After the Ajnala incident, BJP demanded Governor’s rule within the state, and the Punjab Congress sought the arrest of Amritpal Singh and his supporters for attacking police personnel.
Punjab police was closely criticised for dragging its toes in taking motion concerning the incident.
Reacting to the police motion right now, Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu stated the person who “used to speak about taking on arms for Khalistan is right now working away fearing the police”.
“Does a Sikh ever run away? He would have confronted the police if he had braveness. He’s working round within the streets like a gidad (jackal). I used to say earlier, too, that he has come to get our kids killed. He’s a person of (intelligence) businesses,” he stated.
Going through warmth from the opposition events within the state, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had not too long ago stated his authorities was dedicated to sustaining regulation and order within the state, and nobody can be allowed to disturb the hard-earned peace.
Union Minister Anurag Thakur had earlier this month attacked the AAP authorities in Punjab, saying regulation and order “collapsed” within the state after the formation of “one authorities”, and recommended it “wakes up” and takes some steps.