New Delhi, March 25
The Punjab Police arrested a gunman of fugitive radical preacher, Amritpal Singh and recovered several incriminating material from the phone in Khanna district. The gunman is a part of the AKF () personal Army raised by Amritpal.
The police identified the said accused as Tejinder Singh Gill alias Gorkha Baba (42). Tejinder, from Mangewal village in Ludhiana was arrested. Several videos and photos of Tejinder accompanying Amritpal while carrying weapons were viral on social media.
Several videos of Tejinder were recovered from his phone in which he was seen loading weapons and practising firing.
The police found that no arms licence was issued in his name and he had posted photos with weapons on social media.
The Khanna police stated that the the mobile phone of Gorkha contains sinister designs of this nascent militia force and the enormous threat they would have become for peace and harmony of Punjab and national security.
The police further stated that Tajinder revealed that all members of AKF were assigned belt numbers, for instance, AKF 3, AKF 56, AKF 47.
The police found two two WhatsApp groups – ‘AKF’ and ‘Amritpal Tiger Force’ ; one of the groups, instructions were given to group members to get more members inducted, who were later paid salaries by Amritpal.
The police found several videos and photos of AKF members wearing jackets with the group’s logo and AKF WhatsApp group chats.
Tejinder’s phone also had design of the flag, emblem, and map of the proposed Khalistan state. The phone also had pictures of an AKF hologram and Khalistan currency.
According to the police, the members were youngsters who came to the de-addiction centres run by Waris Punjab De and were later indoctrinated and given martial and weapons training, including firing practice. Tejinder too was a drug addict and had joined a de-addiction centre at Amritpal’s native village Jallupur Khera in Amritsar. He was then roped in as Amritpal’s gunman and given weapons training.
Tejinder was a member of the Close Protection Team (CPT), entrusted with Amritpal’s security. He came in contact with Amritpal through Bikramjit Singh Khalsa, whom he had met met during the farmers’ agitation on the outskirts of Delhi. He went to Jallupur Khera five months ago and was inducted as a gunman to Amritpal. He was given weapons (with AKF marking) and (took part in) regular firing practice and military drill conducted at a firing range in Amritpal’s native village.
The police added that Gurbhej Singh alias Bheja arranged 10 bullet-proof jackets two months ago with the AKF logo. He also gave weapons training and martial training to newly inducted members of Waris Punjab De at the makeshift firing range at Jallupur Khera. One Harsimrat Singh Hundal alias Labh Singh alias Tiger was responsible for the security of Amritpal, police added.
The police have registered an FIR under sections 188 and 336 of the Indian Penal Code and 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act.