As the manhunt for radical leader Amritpal Singh, chief of pro-Khalistan outfit 'Waris Punjab De, intensifies, the Punjab Police have arrested Daljeet Singh Kalsi alias Sarabjeet Singh Kalsi, alleged advisor and financer of Amritpal Singh. In connection with the FIR registered in Ajnala incident, Amritpal Singh is booked under the Arms Act. He is the 'main accused', says officials.
FIR under Arms Act has been registered against them and Amritpal Singh last night and he is the main accused in the FIR, said SSP Rural Amritsar Satinder Singh.
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"Out of 7 persons arrested, one accused Harwinder Singh was having a license but he was having 139 bullets of 312 bore, which is more than the prescribed limit. On the behest of Amritpal, one Gurpesh gave him these bullets. All these have been recovered. An illegal 315 bore has also been recovered," said SSP Rural Amritsar.
The arrested accused have been identified as Ajay Pal, Gurveer Singh, Baljinder Singh, Harwinder Singh, Gurlal Singh, Amandeep and Savrit Singh.
According to reports, the vehicle used by Amritpal for his escape was seized by Punjab Police. Also, four suspected close aides of Amritpal has been taken to Dibrugarh, Assam by Punjab Police.
Punjab Police has declared Amritpal as a fugitive. According to Jalandhar Commissioner Kuldeep Singh Chahal, Amritpal's 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," Chahal added.
Meanwhile, security has been tightened across the state of Punjab on Sunday. The suspension of mobile internet and SMS services has been extended till Monday noon. Police personnel have also been deployed outside Amritpal Singh's residence in Jallupur Khera village in Amritsar, as the police efforts are underway to nab him.
Meanwhile, several activities of 'Waris Punjab De' were intercepted by the Police at the Shahkot-Malsian Road in Jalandhar district on Saturday evening. Seven persons were arrested on the spot.
Meanwhile, the Punjab Police said that a state-wide raid is on. "During the state-wide operation, nine weapons, including one .315 bore rifle, seven rifles of 12 bore, one revolver and 373 live cartridges of different calibres have been recovered so far," said the official spokesperson of Punjab Police.
The police have conducted searches at his residence in Amritsar but did not find anything illegal, said reports quoting his father. Tarsem Singh, Amritpal’s father, said the police should have arrested him before he left the house.
"We don’t have any information about his whereabouts. They carried out a search at our residence for 3-4 hours but did not find anything illegal. Police should have arrested him before he left home," said Tarsem Singh in an exclusive interview with ANI on Saturday.