Amritpal Singh a pro-Khalistan propagator and the chief of Waris Punjab De (WPD) outfit, who is facing charges under the National Security Act (NSA) was arrested by Punjab Police from Moga on April 23. Amritpal’s arrest comes a month after the police launched a massive crackdown against him and his outfit.
Before surrendering to the police, Amritpal Singh addressed a congregation at Khalsa Gurudwara in Rode, Punjab, the birthplace of Khalistani terrorist Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale. Last year in September, Amritpal Singh’s ‘dastarbandi’ was done at this Gurudwara.
While the Moga Police is yet to divulge details, police sources told HT that the pro-Khalistani leader is being shifted to Assam’s Dibrugarh jail where other members of his outfit are already lodged. The arrest was done by combined efforts of the Punjab Police and national intelligence.
Earlier on Saturday, Union home minister Amit Shah when asked about Amritpal Singh’s arrest and that he has been absconding for a long, said, “It may happen sometime. Earlier he used to roam freely, but now he cannot carry on with his activities.”
Two more aides of the fugitive radical preacher and Khalistan leader Amritpal Singh were arrested at Mohali in Punjab, in a joint operation by Punjab and Delhi Police on April 18.
“Amritpal Singh came to the Rodewal Gurudwara on Saturday night. He himself informed the police about his presence and that he will surrender this morning at 7 am,” Rode of Rodewal gurudwara in Moga said.
Amritpal Singh had earlier escaped the police dragnet twice — first on March 18 in Jalandhar district by switching vehicles and then again on March 28 in Hoshiarpur when he returned to Punjab along with his key associate Papalpreet Singh
In a tweet from its official handle, the Punjab police on Sunday said “Amritpal Singh arrested in Moga, Punjab.” The Police urged citizens to maintain peace and harmony, Don’t share any fake news, and always verify and share.