Khalistani chief Amritpal Singh continues to be on the run from the Punjab police and a search is on to hint him, officers have stated.
A large operation was launched to catch Amritpal Singh who, sources say, was final seen rushing 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 stated.
“Six to seven gunmen of Amritpal Singh are amongst these arrested by police,” stated 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 solution to Jalandhar’s Shahkot tehsil yesterday.
The novel Sikh preacher, who claims to be a follower of terrorist Bhindranwale, managed to flee police’s 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 exterior Amritpal Singh’s village, Jallupur Khaira, in Amritsar as effectively.
Police have urged residents to keep up peace and never share any doctored movies.
Sources say Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had mentioned the plan to arrest Amritpal Singh with Residence Minister Amit in a gathering on March 2.
The centre despatched further forces to Punjab earlier than the police went out to search for him on Saturday, sources stated.
The crackdown comes a month after Amritpal Singh and his supporters broke right into a police station with swords and weapons for the discharge of one in every of his aides. Six police officers had been injured within the conflict.
The Punjab authorities had confronted an enormous flak for the legislation and order state of affairs within the state after the incident.
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.
The novel Sikh preacher, who is usually seen escorted by armed supporters, had been brazenly making statements about declaring secession from India and forming Khalistan.
Officers stated Amritpal Singh has been sustaining shut hyperlinks with Pakistani intelligence company ISI and terrorist teams primarily based in international international locations.