10 days, no clues: What we know so far about Amritpal Singh
‘Police close to nabbing Amritpal Singh’
The Punjab government on Tuesday informed the Punjab and Haryana high court that radical self-styled preacher Amritpal Singh is yet to be arrested by the state police, but “they are close to him.” “The state is going through a very sensitive phase. We are trying our best to arrest him and are closely working in coordination with other security agencies. We are close to arresting him,” Punjab advocate general Vinod Ghai told the HC.
Punjab police launched a massive search to nab him
Major search operation in Punjab village
A major search operation was launched by the Punjab Police in and around Marnaiyan village in Hoshiarpur district after a team of counter-intelligence wing chased a Toyota Innova on Phagwara-Hoshiarpur road, and three persons in it fled after abandoning the vehicle at Gurdwara Bhai Chanchal Singh. The police suspect that Amritpal Singh and his associates were in the vehicle. Later, the police officials rushed to the village with heavy force and surrounded it. A village resident Jaswinder Singh said that the Innova entered the village around 8. 30 pm and those in the vehicle fled after scaling the gurdwara walls. He said almost all houses of the village were searched.
A CCTV grab purportedly showing Amritpal (front) & Papalpreet in Madhu Vihar
CCTV footage shows Amritpal, aide roaming in Delhi market
Clips of CCTV footage said to be from 5. 20 pm on March 21 surfaced on Tuesday, purportedly showing fugitive Khalistan supporter Amritpal Singh and his companion Papalpreet Singh walking in an east Delhi market in disguise. The Delhi police have used identification software to compare the image of the man seen in the footage with Amritpal’s photographs and the results have thrown a match. “But it cannot be said with certainty until he is caught and interrogated,” a senior officer said.
Selfies, videos flood social media
On Monday, a selfie of the men showed up on social media, showing Amritpal holding a beverage can, wearing a maroon turban, jacket and sunglasses. His associate was in a sweatshirt. It’s not clear where the photo was clicked. Punjab police refrained from making any statement about the CCTV footage and the photo. Several videos and photographs of Amritpal have appeared on social media since the crackdown. In one such video, he was seen pacing through a street in Haryana and speaking on the phone.
Photographs of Amritpal Singh and his aides were pasted on walls in Bahraich district to check them from fleeing to Nepal
Hiding in Nepal?
Amritpal, who was apparently in hiding in Uttar Pradesh, has escaped to Nepal, according to media reports in the neighbouring country which also said on Monday that New Delhi had requested authorities in Kathmandu to not allow him to escape to a third country.
Amritpal Singh’s Khalistan plan
After Khanna police arrested the bodyguard of Khalistan sympathiser Amritpal Singh from Malaud area on, it claimed that he has made ‘startling’ disclosures about Khalistan including the state emblem and logo of the proposed state and emblem of several provinces within the proposed state etc.
Amritpal fleeing on a bike
Cases against Amritpal
Last month, Amritsar rural police filed the initial charges against Amritpal, which included a case of kidnapping and assault against an individual on February 16. On February 24, the radical preacher and his armed followers raided the Ajnala police station complex to secure the release of someone who was detained in connection with the kidnapping case from February 16. The attack resulted in several police officers getting injured, leading to a case being filed against them for attempted murder and assaulting the police. Now, he is facing six cases in which he has been named as an accused.
Amritpal remains at large
On the run for over 10 days
The 30-year-old radical preacher remains at large and has constantly been on the move since the Punjab Police on March 18 began a widespread crackdown against him, his associates and the Waris Punjab De group he leads.
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