A particular staff of the Punjab police, gearing as much as arrest self-styled radical Sikh preacher and Khalistan sympathiser Amritpal Singh, immediately 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. Sources say the state authorities waited for the G20 occasion to recover from to provoke motion in opposition to Amritpal Singh.
He leads “Waris Punjab De”, a radical organisation began by actor and activist Deep Sidhu, who died in a street accident in February final 12 months.
Sources stated police personnel from seven district chased Amritpal Singh and his associates, and have surrounded him at Mehatpur village in Jalandhar’s Shahkot. Police had had closed all roads and arrange big barricades in Shahkot as that they had prior info of Amritpal Singh’s go to. All roads within the village have been sealed.
The novel separatist chief is usually seen escorted by armed supporters. He has been lively for a while in Punjab.
Amritpal Singh was on the centre of an enormous protest on February 23 in opposition to the arrest of his key aide, kidnapping accused Lovepreet Singh. He, alongside along with his supporters, had attacked the police station, and later blamed the Punjab Police for the violence. Punjab police was closely criticised for dragging its toes over the incident.
Reacting to the police motion, Congress MP Ravneet Singh Bittu stated the person who “used to speak about taking over arms for Khalistan is immediately operating away fearing the police”.
“Does a Sikh ever run away? He would have confronted the police if he had braveness. He’s operating round within the streets like a gidad (jackal). I used to say earlier, too, that he has come to get our youngsters killed. He’s a person of (intelligence) companies,” he stated.
Amritpal Singh and his sympathisers had final month, carrying swords and weapons, clashed with the police for the discharge of one in every of his aides in Ajnala close to Amritsar. Six police personnel, together with a Superintendent of Police rank officer, have been injured throughout the conflict. The police haven’t but revealed whether or not an FIR was lodged in opposition to 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.
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 prompt it “wakes up” and takes some steps.