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Wanted Khalistani leader Amritpal Singh arrested

Following a month-long chase, Singh was arrested under the stringent National Security Act and sent to jail in Dibrugarh, Assam.

Chief Minister of Punjab Bhagwant Mann (Image: Twitter/@CMOPb)

Pro-Khalistani leader Amritpal Singh was arrested by the Punjab Police on Sunday morning, April 23, 2023, in Moga's Rode village. Chief Minister of Punjab Bhagwant Mann confirmed the arrest, of radical Waris Punjab De' organization chief, in an official statement.

"If we wanted, we could have nabbed him on March 18, but we did not want any shots to be fired and blood to be spilt. Today, after 35 days, our brave Punjab Police has arrested Amritpal Singh from village Rode in Moga," Mann said in a video message.

According to a media reports, Singh was arrested outside a gurdwara (Sikh Temple), where he addressed a gathering. “The police had credible information that Amritpal was in Rode. When Amritpal was left with no option, he was arrested. Police did not go inside the Gurudwara following maryada (limitations) of the gurudwara,” said the Inspector General of Police (headquarters) Sukhchain Singh Gill in a press conference.

“NSA warrants were issued against Amritpal and were executed today morning. A joint operation was conducted by Amritsar Police and the Punjab Police intelligence wing. He was located in Rode village, based on operational inputs by Punjab Police. The village was surrounded from all sides,” the official added.

The 30-year-old, who had been on the run since 37 days, had been declared Punjab's most wanted man. The government beleives he has been maintaining close links with the Pakistani intelligence agency ISI and some terrorist groups based abroad. The Punjab Police launched a crackdown on Waris Punjab De on March 18, 2023, after supporters of the organization stormed a police station in Ajnala. Police nabbed Papalpreet, Singh's mentor, for being in contact with Pakistan's ISI on April 10, 2023.