Khalistani chief Amritpal Singh, who’s on the run from the Punjab Police, has been declared a fugitive, officers have mentioned.
An enormous operation has been launched to catch Amritpal Singh who, sources say, was final seen dashing 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 mentioned.
“Six to seven gunmen of Amritpal Singh are amongst these arrested by police,” mentioned 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 staff of the state police, comprising personnel from seven districts, had adopted the Khalistani chief’s convoy whereas he was on his strategy to Jalandhar’s Shahkot tehsil yesterday.
The unconventional Sikh preacher, nonetheless, gave the police a slip and escaped 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 outdoors Amritpal Singh’s village, Jallupur Khaira, in Amritsar district as properly.
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 12 months.
Officers mentioned Amritpal Singh has been sustaining shut hyperlinks with Pakistani intelligence company ISI and terrorist teams primarily based in overseas nations.
The unconventional Sikh preacher, who is commonly seen escorted by armed supporters, had been brazenly making statements about declaring secession from India and forming Khalistan.