The elusive preacher himself on Saturday gave the police a slip and escaped their dragnet when his cavalcade was intercepted in Jalandhar district. The authorities have stepped up security at several places.
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4 members of Waris Punjab De flown to Dibrugarh after arrest in Punjab
Four members of an outfit headed by Amritpal Singh have been brought to Assam‘s Dibrugarh on Sunday, police said. They were flown in a special flight, they said. “The four are currently kept in Dibrugarh central jail,” a police officer said, without elaborating further.
Internet, SMS services suspended in Punjab
Mobile Internet and SMS services have been suspended in the territorial jurisdiction of Punjab till March 20 noon. “All mobile internet services, all SMS services (except banking & mobile recharge) and all dongle services provided on mobile networks, except the voice call, in the territorial jurisdiction of Punjab are suspended till March 20 (12:00 hours) in the interest of public safety”, said Dept of Home Affairs and Justice, Government of Punjab on Sunday.
Vehicle used by Amritpal Singh, ammunition seized
The vehicle used by ‘Waris Punjab De’ chief Amritpal Singh for his escape was seized by Punjab Police on Sunday, along with several other vehicles and ammunition. The police said that seven aides of Amritpal Singh have been arrested.
78 people arrested in action against Waris Punjab De group, Amritpal Singh still on the run: Punjab Police
“One car used in Amritpal Singh’s convoy has been seized. One Kirpan and a .315 bore weapon with 57 live cartridges have also been recovered from it. The car was abandoned after use,” he said.
He also said that those spreading rumours will be dealt with strictly.
“The law and order situation is normal in Jalandhar and the state. The police are committed to the safety of the public. We will take strict action against those who take law and order into their hands. Those found spreading rumours will be dealt with strictly,” the SSP added.
Amritpal Singh’s ‘close aide and financer’ arrested
An alleged advisor and financer of the “fugitive” has been arrested, news agency ANI reported quoting sources.
In an exclusive interview with ANI, the Jalandhar Commissioner said, “Waris Punjab De’ chief Amritpal Singh has been declared a fugitive. His two cars were seized and gunmen nabbed. We also checked if the firearms of his security escorts had been procured legally. A case has been registered. Punjab Police have launched a manhunt for Amritpal Singh and we are hopeful that he will be arrested soon. A total of 78 people have been arrested so far and further searches and raids are underway”.
(With agency inputs)