Amritpal Singh Detained; 6 Aides Detained; Internet Shutdown
PUNJAB: Khalistan leader Amritpal Singh was arrested by the Punjab Police after a high-speed chase involving around 100 police cars amid heavy drama in Jallupur Khera village.
Home Secrerary of Punjab following the arrest announced to suspend Internet services were suspended across the state till Sunday.
Moments ago 6 of Waris Punjab De chief’s aides were detained by the special police team amidst heavy police deployment in the Moga district. As per sources, police personnel of seven districts chased Amritpal And his associates before surrounding them at Mehatpur village in Jalandhar’s Shahkot tehsil.
Amrit Pal leads a radical organization Waris Punjab De started by activist Deep Sishu who died in a road accident last year. Last month, Amritpal and his supporters, some of them brandishing swords and guns, broke through barricades and barged into the Ajnala Police Station on the outskirts of the Amritsar city and clashed with police for the release of one of Amritpal’s aides. Six police personnel of SP rank were injured during the clash. Despite this the Punjab police had drawn heavy criticism for the incident.
Amritpal has lately emerged as a leading Khalistani voice in the restive Punjab. Amritpal has said that he does not identify himself as an Indian and has also threatened that Union Home Minister Amit Shah might meet a fate similar to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi who was assassinated by her Sikh bodyguards. “Amit Shah had said that he won’t let the Khalistan movement rise. I had said that the same was done by Indira Gandhi and if you do the same then you’d have to face consequences. If the Home Minister says the same to those demanding ‘Hindu Rashtra’, then I’ll see if he remains Home Minister,” Amritpal had said on February 23.