This Article is From Mar 20, 2023

Search For Khalistani Separatist Enters Day 3, Punjab On High Alert

Police have so far arrested 112 supporters of Amritpal Singh, while several members of his outfit 'Waris Punjab De' have been detained for questioning.

Khalistani leader Amritpal Singh is on the run from Punjab police (File)

New Delhi/Amritsar: India issued a strong protest as pro-Khalistan protesters pulled down the Indian flag from the High Commission in London over crackdown on separatist Amritpal Singh. Security forces held flag marches in Punjab as he evaded arrest for the second day.

Here are the top 10 updates on Khalistani leader Amritpal Singh

  1. The foreign ministry summoned the seniormost diplomat of UK in New Delhi late this evening and demanded an explanation for "absence of security" at the Indian High Commission premises. The ministry said the UK government's "indifference" to Indian diplomats and personnel was "unacceptable".

  2. In Punjab, authorities extended curbs on mobile internet and SMS services amid a high alert in the state.Neighbouring Haryana too stepped up the checking of vehicles along the border with Punjab.

  3. Security forces seized a huge cache of arms and ammunition from Amritpal Singh's aides who were arrested yesterday. Police have so far arrested 112 associates of Amritpal Singh -- 34 of them today --  while several members of his group "Waris Punjab De" have been detained for questioning.

  4. A massive operation has been launched to catch Amritpal Singh who, sources say, was last seen speeding away on a motorcycle last evening in Jalandhar. Amritpal Singh's car has also been seized by the cops in Jalandhar. Several dozens of live cartridges were found inside the vehicle.

  5. On Saturday, the police chased Amritpal Singh for 15-16 km, but he took cover in a crowded place, said DIG Jalandhar Swapan Sharma, adding that the police are closing in on him.

  6. Daljeet Singh Kalsi, who handles the Amritpal Singh's finance, was arrested this morning from Haryana's Gurgaon.

  7. Four of his top arrested aides have been flown to Dibrugarh in upper Assam by a special aircraft, top police sources said. They are likely to be kept in the high-security Dibrugarh Central Jail. Amritpal Singh's father has also been detained for questioning.

  8. A special team of the state police, comprising personnel from seven districts, had followed the Khalistani leader's convoy while he was on his way to Jalandhar's Shahkot tehsil yesterday. The radical preacher, who claims to be a follower of terrorist Bhindranwale, managed to escape on a motorcycle.

  9. Authorities stepped up security at several places after his aides shared some videos on social media claiming that policemen were chasing them, and urged his supporters to gather at Shahkot.

  10. The crackdown comes a month after Amritpal Singh and his supporters broke into a police station with swords and guns for the release of one of his aides. Six police officials were injured in the clash. The Punjab government had faced massive flak for the law and order situation in the state after the incident.

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