In a coordinated crackdown between the Centre, Punjab and Assam governments against Khalistan supporter Amritpal Singh, four of his top aides, arrested in Punjab, were on Sunday taken to Dibrugarh in Assam by a special aircraft. According to officials, the four arrested members of an organization led by Amritpal Singh are currently lodged in the Dibrugarh Central Jail.
According to the police, the four were taken to Dibrugarh in a special Air Force aircraft. He was accompanied by a 27-member team of Punjab Police including IG Jail.
He was received at Mohanbari airport by Dibrugarh Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police amid tight security.
The reason for Amritpal Singh’s associates going to Assam is still unknown. The police is not ready to tell anything at the moment. Dibrugarh Police is likely to address the media later in the day.
The highly unusual development came a day after the Punjab government on Saturday launched a major crackdown against the radical Sikh preacher, with police arresting 78 members of the outfit he led.
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had discussed the plan to arrest Amritpal Singh with Home Minister Amit Shah in a meeting on 2 March. NDTV has given the news quoting sources.
Meanwhile, an operation is still on to nab the absconding Sikh preacher. Jalandhar Police Commissioner Kuldeep Singh Chahal told reporters late on Saturday night near Nakodar in Jalandhar, “He is now absconding and we are looking for him and we will arrest him soon.”
Chahal said six to seven gunmen of Amritpal Singh have been arrested.
Besides this, Amritpal Singh’s father, who is still absconding, has also been detained by the police for questioning. There is heavy deployment of police and paramilitary forces outside his village, Jallupur Khaira in Amritsar to prevent any law and order situation.
In view of the action against Amritpal Singh, security has also been increased on the borders of Himachal Pradesh with Punjab. Una Superintendent of Police Arjit Sen Thakur said that every check post along with Nangal and Gagret is being kept under strict vigil along with checking of all suspicious looking vehicles.
Una Police has barricaded several places in Bathri, Marwari, Santoshgarh and Mehatpur along the Himachal-Punjab border and deployed its personnel in large numbers.
Thakur appealed to the people to remain calm and peaceful and inform the police if they see any unwanted elements in their areas.
,with inputs from agencies,
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