Khalistan sympathiser Amritpal Singh detained in Jalandhar district
The Punjab Police on Saturday detained Khalistan sympathiser Amritpal Singh near the Nakodar town in Jalandhar district, India Today reported.
Earlier in the day, six of his supporters were detained in Jalandhar. They are now reportedly being questioned at an undisclosed location.
This was after more than 50 police vehicles chased Singh and his aides in a bid to take him into custody.
Mobile internet services and SMS services have been suspended in several districts of Punjab till 12 pm on Sunday, ANI reported. The decision was taken in the interest of public safety, the state department of home affairs and justice said.
Amritpal Singh, 29, had taken over the Waris Punjab De organisation last year before the death of its founder Deep Sidhu, an actor and activist who died in an accident in February 2022. Singh has garnered a large following in the state through his speeches that often focus on Sikhism and Punjab.
On February 23, hundreds of Singh’s supporters stormed the Ajnala police station in Amritsar demanding the release of his close aide Lovepreet Singh Toofan, who was arrested in an alleged kidnapping and assault case.
Several police personnel were injured during the violent clashes. Amritpal Singh also threatened to put up a permanent dharna at the police station if Toofan was not released and the first information report against him was not quashed.
The police later said that in the “light of the evidence presented”, it was decided that Toofan would be discharged. He was released on February 24 following a court order based on an application by the police.