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Last Updated: March 23, 2023, 23:09 IST
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Amritpal Singh LIVE News Updates: The Punjab Police on Thursday revealed that radical Sikh preacher and pro-Khalistan leader Amritpal Singh’s group was involved in severa “anti-national” activities. Singh allegedly made a firing range in his village in Amritsar’s Jallupur Khera, police said.
The Haryana Police on Thursday arrested a woman who allegedly harboured Amritpal Singh and his associate Papalpreet Singh at her home in Kurukshetra district, an indication that the pro-Khalistan preacher might have fled Punjab. Read More
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Punjab Police’s apparent miscalculation allowed radical preacher Amritpal Singh to avoid imminent arrest resulting in a chase that is still on since he escaped on March 18 and there is a possibility that he may have crossed the border to neighbouring Haryana, officials said Thursday. READ MORE
Four persons were arrested on Thursday, a day after a rally was taken out in Chhattisgarh’s capital Raipur by a group of people allegedly in support of wanted pro-Khalistan preacher Amritpal Singh, an official said.
Punjab Police Thursday flagged a cross-border link and involvement of radical preacher Amritpal Singh in “anti-national” activities as it sounded an alert about the fugitive Khalistan preacher in all the states.
#BreakingNews | Involved in a murder conspiracy? New accusations against separatist leader #AmritpalSingh emerge through intelligence agencies@Arunima24 shares details with @AnchorAnandN | #TheRightStand #Khalistan #Khalistani #Murder #Conspiracy pic.twitter.com/GpHHejS7uE
— News18 (@CNNnews18) March 23, 2023
In the case of radical pro-Khalistani preacher Amritpal Singh’s manhunt, the Punjab Police on Thursday said, “There were videos which show that Amritpal’s group were doing firing practice near Jallupur Khera. Some footage and pictures show that they have made holograms of Anandpur Khalsa Fauj (AKF). There were some videos of the loading and unloading of weapons,” he said.
IGP Shubhman Singh Gill on Thursday revealed that radical Sikh preacher Amritpal Singh made a firing range near his village in Amritsar’s Jallupur Khera, and it also found pictures of Anandpur Khalsa Fauj (AKF), a militia allegedly being formed by the pro-Khalistani preacher.
According to inspector general of police Sukhchain Singh Gill, pictures were found in the device recovered from Tejinder Singh Gill aka Gorkha Baba, Amritpal’s gunman, who was arrested earlier today from Khanna area, a Hindustan Times report said.
Amritpal Singh, who apparently escaped on a two-wheeler after the Punjab Police chased him in Jalandhar on March 22, has upset one of his associate, who said he was “running like a coward”. In an audio message, accessed by CNN-News18, Amritpal’s associate Harjit Singh is urging Pappal Preet, who reportedly helped the Waris Punjab De chief flee, to tell Amritpal to surrender before the police. READ MORE
#WATCH | CCTV visuals near the house in Kurukshetra, Haryana where Amritpal Singh stayed the night of 19th March. Punjab IGP says that Singh stayed here on the night of 19th & left the next day. One woman, Baljeet Kaur has been arrested in this regard.
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— ANI (@ANI) March 23, 2023
Radical Sikh preacher and pro-Khalistani leader Amritpal Singh managed to travel nearly 200 km since Punjab Police first intercepted him near Jalandhar and had exited Punjab on March 19 despite the highest security vigil and alert in the state, police said on Thursday. READ MORE
After roaming around, they hired an auto. After this, the further movement was located in Kurukshetra, Haryana. Gurpej, who is in our custody, also told us about a woman to whom he (Amritpal) can go to seek harbour: Punjab IGP Sukchain Singh Gill pic.twitter.com/OgYvhBRkpv
— ANI (@ANI) March 23, 2023
The Haryana Police on Thursday revealed that radical Sikh leader Amritpal Singh had escaped to Kurukshetra in Haryana, where he was harboured by a woman at her home. She was arrested and handed over Punjab Police today. ““We have nabbed the woman, Baljit Kaur, who harboured Amritpal and his associate Papalpreet Singh at her home in Shahabad on Sunday,” Police said.
The Punjab government Thursday extended the suspension of mobile internet and SMS services in Tarn Taran and Ferozepur districts till Friday noon while lifting the curbs in Moga, Sangrur, Ajnala sub-division in Amritsar and a few areas in Mohali.
Haryana Police have arrested a woman who allegedly harboured Amritpal Singh and his associate Papalpreet Singh at her home in Kurukshetra district, an indication that the pro-Khalistan preacher might have fled Punjab. “We have nabbed the woman, Baljit Kaur, who harboured Amritpal and his associate Papalpreet Singh at her home in Shahabad on Sunday. The woman has been handed over to Punjab Police,” Kurukshetra Superintendent of Police Surinder Singh Bhoria told PTI over phone.
Tejinder Gill used to display weapons in pictures and videos on social media without having an arms licence. An FIR against him has been registered under IPC Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), the Punjab DSP said.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Thursday said police will probe a rally held in capital Raipur a day earlier allegedly in support of wanted pro-Khalistan preacher Amritpal Singh. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel told the Assembly that anti-national activities would not be tolerated in the state and asked police to examine video footage of the rally and take action accordingly.
After Punjab, Uttarakhand has been put on high alert since pro-Khalistani hardliner Amritpal Singh is still at large. Additional Director General of Police (ADG) V Murugeshan has ordered district police teams to beef up security, particularly at the border adjoining Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
Amritpal Singh Case Update: In a major breakthrough, Punjab Police has arrested Tejinder Singh, a key associate and Amripal Singh who used to work as his gunman. Tejinder Singh alias Gorkha Baba is a resident of Khanna and often lived with Amritpal.
He used to be Amritpal’s gunman.
Punjab government has extended the internet ban in Tarn Taran and Ferozepur districts till March 24 as the manhunt for Amritpal Singh continues.
A notification by Punjab government said: “All mobile internet services, all SMS services (except banking & mobile recharge) & all dongle services provided on mobile networks, except the voice call, shall continue to remain suspended in the districts Tarn Taran and Ferozepur, till March 24 (12:00 hours) in the interest of public safety”.
Amritpal Singh’s aides who were presented before Baba Bakala court in Amritsar on Thursday have been sent to judicial custody.
Some arrested aides of Amritpal Singh were presented before Baba Bakala court in Punjab Amritsar.
The ban on internet services was extended in Punjab’s Tarn Taran and Ferozepur districts till March 24 as the manhunt for Khalistani sympathiser Amritpal Singh continued for the sixth day. In another major development in the crackdown on Amritpal Singh and his aides, ‘Waris Punjab De’ chief’s key aide Tejinder Singh alias Gorkha Baba was arrested by Punjab Police on Thursday.
On the other hand, Khalistani groups protested yet again outside the Indian High Commission in San Francisco, US. Security, however was tightened and the entire area was barricaded. On the other hand, Maharashtra Police and ATS have been on alert over Waris Punjab De’s Amritpal Singh. Nanded Police has been movement of everyone arriving at and or leaving the district.
Security was beefed up after ink was thrown at some British police personnel when their presence was increased after India hit back in a tit-for-tat move. British cops were mobilised in front of the commission a day after India downgraded security of UK envoy in the country.
Besides, a massive Indian tricolour was also flagged atop the Indian High Commission in London. In what is being seen as a firm response to the inaction over attack by Khalistani goons at the Indian High Commission in London in the backdrop of the Amritpal Singh crackdown, India downgraded the special security status of the UK’s envoy in Delhi and also at the British High Commission in the national capital.
More CCTV visuals have surfaced, more aides have been nabbed, the NIA has stepped in and parallel operations in Assam and Uttarakhand are underway in the manhunt for Khalistani leader Amritpal Singh. While the hunt continues for the Khalistani sympathiser, his halt at a gurdwara in Jalandhar during the March 18 police chase is in focus. Amritpal Singh reportedly stopped at a gurdwara for about 45 minutes, changed clothes, while his aides took priest’s phone and made a call to ask about the “mahaul [situation]” outside.
In another development, the bike on which Amritpal Singh fled was recovered by the Punjab Police on Wednesday.
Pro-Khalistani leader and Waris Punjab De chief Amritpal Singh was seen crossing a toll plaza in Punjab on Tuesday, a CCTV video showed. According to sources, Amritpal switched many cars to flee but the footage showed him leave in an SUV Maruti Suzuki Brezza car. Police also claimed that Amritpal had used a bike to flee, and also released some of his pictures to help identify him.
Meanwhile, amid the massive manhunt to locate and arrest Amritpal Singh, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) reportedly reached Punjab on Tuesday. Media reports quoted sources as saying that the NIA was seeking details and documents related to the Amritpal’s Singh case from the Punjab police and may take over the case from Tuesday.
Punjab Police arrested four people on Tuesday for allegedly Amritpal Singh escape their net. Releasing seven photographs of the Khalistan sympathiser, including some in which he is not wearing a turban, Punjab Police sought public help to nab the fugitive.
Ban on internet services was partially lifted in Punjab on Tuesday as the quest for the Khalistani leader continued for the fourth day. While internet ban was lifted from most cities at 12 pm, services will continue to remain suspended in some areas of Punjab till March 23, the state government said.
As Punjab Police continued its search operation, the state government was asked by the Punjab and Haryana High Court to respond today to a habeas corpus petition which claims that the Khalistani leader and ‘Waris Punjab De’ chief is already in illegal police custody and should be released.
During the hearing of the habeas corpus petition on Amritpal Singh, Punjab and Haryana High Court pulled up the state government and police for lapses in handling the case. “When there was a threat to the security of the country, what was the government doing till now? They were roaming around with weapons.
How did he manage to escape despite so many police. What are 80,000 police doing when the country’s security is in danger?” the High Court said.
The state government responded to the High Court saying it is trying its best to nab Amritpal Singh and added that National Security Act (NSA) has been imposed on the Khalistani leader.
Internet ban has been extended in some districts of Punjab till March 23. A notification by the Punjab government on Tuesday said all mobile internet services, all SMS services (except banking and mobile recharge) and all dongle services provided on mobile networks, except voice call, shall continue to remain suspended in the districts of – Tarn Taran, Ferozepur, Moga, Sangrur, Sub-Division Ainala in Amritsar, areas adjoining YPS chowk and Airport Road both in SAS Nagar – till March 23.
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