Waris Punjab De Chief Amritpal Arrested From Punjab’s Moga District

Amritpal Singh, the leader of Waris Punjab De (WPD), a group promoting Khalistan, has been apprehended by the Punjab Police in Moga on April 23. He is currently facing charges under the National Security Act (NSA). Amritpal was detained by the police a month after a major operation against him and his organization was launched.

Amritpal Singh Arrested From Moga Punjab

Sukhchain Singh Gill, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) at Headquarters, announced at a press conference that Amritpal Singh was apprehended from Rode village in Moga district on April 23 at 6:45 am. The arrest was made after a special operation carried out over the past 35 days. Rode village is the birthplace of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, a militant leader who was killed in 1984. Amritpal Singh had been issued NSA warrants, which were executed during the arrest. Gill stated that the law would take its own course in this matter.

According to Mr. Gill, Amritpal Singh had been on the run for approximately one month. A joint operation was launched by the Amritsar Police and the Punjab Police Intelligence wing to apprehend him. Based on operational information received by the police, they were able to locate him in Rode village. The village was then cordoned off, and it was discovered that he was inside a Gurdwara, a Sikh place of worship. In order to preserve the sanctity of the Gurdwara, the police refrained from entering it. Amritpal Singh realized he could not escape and was subsequently arrested. He has been sent to Dibrugarh, Assam under the NSA.

Last year, Amritpal Singh became known as the leader of ‘Waris Punjab De’, a social organization founded by Deep Sidhu, a former actor turned activist. Sidhu had been actively involved in the year-long farmers’ protest against the three farm laws enacted by the Indian government, as well as promoting issues specific to the state of Punjab. Sidhu died in a car accident in February of last year. Nine of Amritpal’s associates, including Daljit Singh Kalsi, Papalpreet Singh, Kulwant Singh Dhaliwal, Varinder Singh Johal, Gurmeet Singh Bukkanwala, Harjit Singh, Bhagwant Singh, Basant Singh, and Gurinderpal Singh Aujla, are currently detained in Dibrugarh jail in Assam under the NSA.

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