The Punjab Police’s plan to arrest Khalistani chief Amritpal Singh got here days after Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann met with Home Minister Amit Shah. They reportedly mentioned it throughout their assembly on March 2, individuals with direct information of the matter mentioned, asking to not be named.
Amritpal Singh, who was on the centre of an enormous protest towards the arrest of his key aide final month, is on the run from the Punjab Police, sources mentioned. The police adopted him whereas he was being pushed in a convoy to Jalandhar.
A person who roams round with armed guards, his supporters name him “Bhindranwale 2.0”, referring to the Khalistani separatist and terrorist Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale.
Reports say Amritpal Singh the police are speaking to his household to make him give up as a way to keep away from any regulation and order points.
The centre despatched further forces to Punjab earlier than the police went out to search for him at the moment, sources mentioned. The plan was to arrest the Khalistani chief after conferences of the G20 ended within the state, which was yesterday.
A Lok Sabha by-election can be scheduled in Jalandhar, the place Amritpal Singh was heading at the moment, after the dying of Congress MP Santokh Chaudhary.
On March 2, the Punjab Chief Minister had tweeted that he met the Home Minister and each the state and the centre agreed to work collectively on the difficulty of regulation and order.
Amritpal Singh’s case brings to nationwide consideration a festering drawback in Punjab the place Khalistani leaders like him, backed by a big supporter base, makes it tough for regulation enforcers to do their obligation.
Amritpal Singh heads “Waris Punjab De”, a radical organisation began by actor and activist Deep Sidhu, who died in a highway accident in February final 12 months.
Amritpal Singh claims to be a follower of the terrorist Bhindranwale and has made controversial speeches prior to now few months. He is married to a UK-based non-resident Indian, Kirandeep Kaur.