New Delhi, March 20
The Punjab Police, in a major crackdown on radical Amritpal Singh, arrested four of his aides lodged in Dibrugadh jail of Assam.
The four lodged in Dibrugarh Central Jail have been identified as Daljit Singh Kalsi, who is learnt to be Amritpal’s close aide and financier of Waris Punjab De. The other three are Bhagwant Singh, Gurmeet Singh and Pradhanmantri Bajeka. The four aides were flow back to Punjab in tight security.
Amritpal Singh who is on the run gave a slip top Punjab Police when they tried to arrest him during an operation on March 18. As per the case details, he was travelling in a car with his uncle and other aides. While his uncle claimed with media that Amritpal has been illegally detained narrating that the Punjab Police teams were following them from behind and he claimed to step out of the car to question them and further claimed that when he returned to his car, Amritpal and aides were missing pointing fingers at police that they already have Amritpal in their "illegal confinement".
A 27 member team of Punjab Police was formed under leadership of Amritsar (Rural) Superintendent of Police Tejbir Singh Hundal. The team flew to Assam from Amritsar in a special IAF flight.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) held a meeting after they received inputs about the recent activities of Warid Punjab De that had scheduled Khalsa Vaheer campaign on March 19 while also receiving more inputs on Amritpal's alleged private army, Anandpur Khalsa Force (AKF).
The suggested to Punjab police to keep them in jails in states which are far off, have less Sikh population, and have a strong leadership. This was done after the Ajnala fallout where thousands of supporters of Amritpal Singh stormed into a police station in Ajnala to protest against Amritpal's arrest after which the Punjab Police had to release him on a court order.
Meanwhile, as the hunt for Amritpal continued for the second day, district police chiefs carried out flag marches in major towns in Punjab and the state government extended the suspension of the internet till Monday.
The Punjab police booked Amritpal and seven of his associates under the Arms Act Sunday after they claimed to have recovered six 12-bore rifles and 196 cartridges. Over100 illegal cartridges were seized from an associate of Amritpal. Later, the seven persons arrested from Amritpal’s cavalcade were remanded to police custody till March 23.
Amritpal Singh is still on the run while the Punjab Police have formed teams to carry out flag marches in several districts to zero in on him. The Muktsar police conducted flag marches on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. The police also conducted flag marches in Ferozepur, Fazilka, Sangrur and Barnala.
The police had also invoked Section 144 of CrPc in many districts and suspended internet operations.
The police have also urged citizens to stay away from rumours and not spread any messages on social media regarding the present situation clarifying that the police are acting as per law.