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"No Incident...": Bhagwant Mann's Message Amid Crackdown On Amritpal Singh

The ruling BJP has appealed to the Sikh bodies to "isolate" Khalistani supporters afterIndian missions in US and UK were attacked by the radicals.

Khalistan Leader Amritpal Singh heads Waris Punjab De. (File)

New Delhi: With the hunt for Khalistani leader Amritpal Singh entering the fourth day, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann today said that strict action will be taken against those who have been trying to disturb peace and harmony in the state.

Here are the top 10 updates on Khalistani leader Amritpal Singh

  1. Punjab's peace and harmony, and country's progress is our priority. We will not spare any force working against the country. People of this state want peace and progress, Bhagwant Mann said, adding no incident of violence has been reported after the crackdown against the Khalistani leader.

  2. Amritpal Singh's uncle Harjit Singh and two other aides were flown to Assam this morning. His other four arrested associates were also taken to Dibrugarh Central Jail on Sunday. The seven men have been charged under the stringent National Security Act (NSA), which allows the police to detain suspects in any prison across the country.

  3. The Punjab and Haryana High Court today slammed Punjab police and asked them to submit a status report on their operation against Khalistani leader Amritpal Singh. The court said that the escape of the Khalistani leader was an intelligence failure of the state's police.

  4. The centre seems to be moving in to take over the case as a terror investigation with a fresh FIR citing the Arms Act against Amritpal Singh. The Khalistani leader has been named "Accused Number One" in the new case.

  5. The ruling BJP has appealed to the Sikh bodies to "isolate" Khalistani supporters after Indian missions in US and UK were attacked by the radicals over the crackdown against Amritpal Singh. 

  6. Yesterday's attack on the Indian consulate in San Francisco came a day after the London incident in which some Khalistani supporters pulled down the national flag from the Indian High Commission building. India has strongly raised the matter with both countries.

  7. The suspension of mobile internet and SMS services will continue in parts of Punjab, including Tarn Taran, Ferozepur, Moga, Sangrur and Amritsar's Ajnala, till Thursday noon. Neighbouring Haryana also remains on high alert.

  8. The massive crackdown against the Khalistani leader 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 policemen were injured in the clash.

  9. The 'top secret' action was a coordinated effort between Aam Aadmi Party-ruled Punjab, the Centre, and BJP-governed Assam, say officials. Sources say Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had discussed the plan to arrest Amritpal Singh with Home Minister Amit Shah in a meeting on March 2.

  10. Home Ministry sources said Amritpal singh was planning to launch a statewide procession to baptize the youth to carry out suicide attacks. The Khalistani leader was using de-addiction centres to stockpile weapons illegally sourced from Pakistan, they said.

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