The followers of Amritpal Singh, the Khalistani separatist presently on the run, had led the police on a merry chase, lastly coming into a market from the place they needed to be hunted out one after the other. While Singh managed to present police the slip, 78 of his associates have been arrested, mentioned the highest cop main the large ongoing search operation.
“We had determined to not use deadly power on this operation… We chased him for 16-17 km. He took cowl in a crowded place,” Swapan Sharma, the police chief of Punjab’s Jalandhar, advised NDTV in an unique interview held throughout a flag march within the metropolis right now. “We are closing in on him… There are six or seven FIRs towards him,” he added.
During the automotive chase on Saturday, Amritpal Singh’s supporters had intentionally crashed into motorbikes to divert police consideration. Two autos of the convoy of “Waris Punjab De” chief have been seized by the police.
“We have been directed to nab him (Amritpal Singh). While chasing, he ended up on a one-lane hyperlink street forward of us. While outrunning us he crashed into a number of motorcycle riders, some have been with the motive to divert us from the chase,” Mr Swapan Sharma was quoted as saying by information company Press Trust of India right now.
Senior police officer Kuldeep Singh Chahal has mentioned that six to seven gunmen of Amritpal Singh are amongst these arrested. His shut aide Daljeet Singh Kalsi, who handles his funds, was arrested this morning from Haryana’s Gurgaon.
The crackdown on Amritpal Singh and his supporters, who’ve been overtly making secessionist statements, began after they broke right into a police station with swords and weapons to make sure launch of one in every of them. Six police officers have been injured within the conflict.
The Punjab authorities had confronted huge criticism for the regulation and order state of affairs within the state after the incident.
Officials mentioned Amritpal Singh has been sustaining shut hyperlinks with Pakistani intelligence company ISI and terrorist teams based mostly in international international locations.