Amritpal fled Punjab? Woman held in Haryana; gunman arrested | Latest News India

Haryana police have arrested a woman allegedly harboring fugitive Waris Punjab De chief Amritpal Singh and his associate Papalpreet Singh at their home in Kurukshetra district, while Punjab police apprehended a gunman of the pro-Khalistan preacher has. The gunman was identified as Tejinder Singh aka Gorkha Baba, a resident of Mangewal village in Punjab, who was arrested.

Punjab Police released some pictures of Waris Punjab De chief Amritpal Singh and asked people to help them arrest him. (ANI)

But the arrest by Haryana police of Baljit Kaur, a resident of the Shahabad area, suggests that Amritpal may have fled Punjab.

“We caught the woman, Baljit Kaur, who was harboring Amritpal and his associate Papalpreet Singh at their home in Shahabad on Sunday. The woman was handed over to Punjab Police,” Kurukshetra Police Superintendent Surinder Singh Bhoria was quoted as saying by PTI news agency.

Gill, a resident of Mangewal village in the Khanna area of ​​Ludhiana district, has been seconded to the safety of Amritpal, who has been on the run since a police crackdown on his Waris Punjab De force began on Saturday, said Khanna’s deputy superintendent of the Police (Payal) Harsimrat Singh, PTI reported.

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Gill used to show off guns in pictures and videos on social media without having a gun license. An FIR against him was registered under IPC Section 188 (Disobedience to the Duly Promulgated Order of a Public Official), the DSP added.

The investigation has revealed that Gill was also implicated in the Ajnala incident and Ajnala police will take action against him separately, PTI reported, citing officials.

Storming of Ajnala police station by Amritpal supporters

Scores of supporters of Amritpal Singh stormed the Ajnala police station near Amritsar with swords and guns in February to demand the release of Lovepreet Toofan Singh, an associate of the radical preacher, raising fears of the return of the pro-Khalistan Militancy has been stoked in the state bordering Pakistan.

Last week Punjab Police launched a crackdown on Amritpal and his team.

Several Amritpal supporters arrested

Several of his supporters were arrested or detained during the police action and the government has invoked the strict National Security Act against some of them, including Amritpal Singh, who managed to evade police.

Photos and CCTV footage that have surfaced on social media show the fugitive using multiple vehicles, including a Mercedes, a Brezza SUV and a motorcycle, to escape with some of his helpers.

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Police said they recovered the motorbike near a canal in Jalandhar and are trying to grab the Khalistan sympathizer.

The state government had suspended mobile internet and SMS services in parts of Punjab after police crackdown. While restrictions have been gradually lifted in most areas such as Moga, Sangrur, Ajnala Subdivision and Mohali, restrictions are still in place in some other areas.

On Thursday, the state Interior Ministry said curbs in Tarn Taran and Ferozepur districts had been extended until noon on Friday “in the interests of public safety, to prevent any incitement to violence and any disturbance of peace and public order”.

(With inputs from PTI)


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