Amritsar: Father of pro-Khalistan chief and Waris Punjab De chief Amritpal Singh, who was declared a fugitive by the Jalandhar Commissioner on Saturday late night, mentioned the Punjab Police performed searches at his residence in Amritsar however didn’t discover “something unlawful”. Earlier on Saturday, Punjab Police launched a manhunt for Amritpal Singh and his aides, within the wake of a showdown between his followers and uniformed personnel outdoors Ajnala police station to free a member, who had been arrested in an abduction case.
Police perform search at Amritpal Singh’s residence for 3-4 hours
Tarsem Singh, Amritpal’s father, mentioned the police ought to have arrested him earlier than he left the home. “We don`t have any details about his whereabouts. They carried out a search at our residence for 3-4 hours however didn’t discover something unlawful.”
“Police ought to have arrested him earlier than he left residence,” mentioned Tarsem Singh in an unique interview with ANI on Saturday. In the meantime, Jalandhar Commissioner Kuldeep Singh Chahal on Saturday late night confirmed that the unconventional chief had been declared a “fugitive”.
“Waris Punjab De` chief Amritpal Singh has been declared a fugitive. His two automobiles had been seized and gunmen nabbed. We additionally checked if the firearms of his safety escorts had been procured legally. A case has been registered. Punjab Police have launched a manhunt for Amritpal Singh and we’re hopeful that he can be arrested quickly. A complete of 78 individuals have been arrested up to now and additional searches and raids are underway,” Chahal mentioned in an unique interview with ANI.
Punjab police’s crackdown in opposition to the Khalistani chief
Earlier on Saturday, Punjab Police launched a large state-wide Cordon And Search Operation (CASO) within the state in opposition to components of Waris Punjab De (WPD) in opposition to whom a number of felony instances stand registered. Through the operation, a complete of 78 individuals have been arrested up to now, whereas, a number of others have been detained for questioning.
Sharing extra particulars, the official spokesperson of Punjab Police mentioned, “On Saturday afternoon, a number of actions of WPD had been intercepted by the Police on the Shahkot-Malsian Highway in Jalandhar district and 7 individuals had been arrested on the spot. A number of others together with Amritpal Singh are on the run and a large manhunt has been launched to nab them.”
“Through the statewide operation, 9 weapons, together with one .315 bore rifle, seven rifles of 12 bore, one revolver and 373 stay cartridges of various calibres have been recovered up to now,” mentioned an officer.
The spokesperson knowledgeable that WPD components are concerned in 4 felony instances referring to spreading disharmony amongst lessons, making an attempt to homicide, attacking police individuals and creating obstructions within the lawful discharge of duties of public servants.
“Case FIR No. 39 dated 24-02-2023 stands registered in opposition to WPD components for the assault on Ajnala Police Station,” he added.
He mentioned that every one individuals concerned in felony offences shall be handled in accordance with the regulation and all individuals wished by the police ought to provide themselves to the method of regulation. Their constitutional rights of authorized defence shall be protected, he added.
In the meantime, the police requested all of the residents to not pay heed to faux information and rumours.”Scenario within the state is totally secure. All individuals indulging in mischievous actions for disturbing peace and concord within the state shall be handled strictly,” the police mentioned.
Earlier within the day, cell Web companies had been additionally suspended in a number of districts of Punjab till 12 midday on Sunday.
Conflict between Amritpal Singh’s supporters and police personnel in Amritsar
The police motion got here nearly over three weeks after Amritpal`s supporters clashed with uniformed personnel on the Ajnala police station on the outskirts of Amritsar final month, demanding the discharge of considered one of Amritpal`s shut aides, Lovepreet Toofan.
On February 23, 1000’s of his supporters stormed the Ajnala police station, flashing swords and high-calibre firearms and threatening the police with dire penalties if they didn’t launch Lovepreet Toofan, who was arrested for allegedly assaulting and abducting a person.
The supporters, brandishing swords and weapons, broke by police barricades erected outdoors the Ajnala police station.
The police later mentioned “within the gentle of the proof offered”, it has been determined that Lovepreet Singh Toofan can be discharged. Lovepreet Singh was launched from jail on February 24 following orders of a court docket in Ajnala on an utility by the police.
Reacting to the incident, chief minister Bhagwant Mann mentioned that these “1000 individuals” don`t signify Punjab, and alleged that they’re “funded by Pakistan” to disrupt peace within the state.
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