Khalistani chief Amritpal Singh, who’s on the run from the Punjab Police, has been declared a fugitive, officers have stated.
A large operation has been launched to catch Amritpal Singh who, sources say, was final seen rushing away on a bike final night in Jalandhar.
Police have arrested 78 members of his outfit ‘Waris Punjab De,’ whereas a number of others have been detained for questioning, officers stated.
“Six to seven gunmen of Amritpal Singh are amongst these arrested by police,” stated Kuldeep Singh Chahal, Jalandhar Police Commissioner.
Amritpal Singh’s shut aide Daljeet Singh Kalsi, who handles the Khalistani chief’s finance, has additionally been arrested from Haryana’s Gurgaon.
A particular group of the state police, comprising personnel from seven districts, had adopted the Khalistani chief’s convoy whereas he was on his option to Jalandhar’s Shahkot tehsil yesterday.
The unconventional Sikh preacher, nevertheless, managed to flee their dragnet on a bike.
Authorities stepped up safety at a number of locations and suspended web and SMS providers within the state after his aides shared some movies on social media claiming that policemen had been chasing them, and urged his supporters to collect at Shahkot.
Heavy safety association has been made exterior Amritpal Singh’s village, Jallupur Khaira, in Amritsar as properly. Police have detained his father and are questioning him.
Amritpal Singh leads “Waris Punjab De”, a radical organisation began by actor and activist Deep Sidhu, who died in a highway accident in February final yr.
Officers stated Amritpal Singh has been sustaining shut hyperlinks with Pakistani intelligence company ISI and terrorist teams based mostly in overseas international locations.
The unconventional Sikh preacher, who is usually seen escorted by armed supporters, had been overtly making statements about declaring secession from India and forming Khalistan.