Know about Amritpal Singh
Chandigarh/March 23, 2024: Amritpal Singh, a pro-Khalistan leader on the run from authorities, chatted with several women and used obscene recordings to blackmail them. According to a report from a local news outlet, the ‘Waris Punjab De’ chief’s Whatsapp activity disclosed that he was continuously seeking casual/non-serious affairs with both single and married women.
Amritpal Singh criticised how women allegedly became too attached to him and defended extra-marital affairs so long as the marriage in concern is not jeopardised.
The Punjab Police, with assistance from the central agencies, began a massive investigation on Amritpal Singh on March 18. So far, approximately 150 of his closest associates and supporters have been arrested, including actor Daljeet Kalsi, who is thought to be his advisor and financier.
Singh escaped after a vehicle pursuit on 18 March and is now on the run from authorities. Singh has ties to the SFJ and the ISI, according to Punjab Police. Pakistani funds were collected by his treasurer. Four of his closest aides were relocated to Assam’s Dibrugarh Jail.
The Punjab government has halted mobile internet service and imposed Section 144 in the state. The internet continues to be suspended in some areas. On March 21, the NIA arrived in the state to officially take over the investigation.
In the meantime, a new picture of Amritpal Singh has emerged online, showing him fleeing on a motorised cart along with a motorcycle and one of his close associates driving it. Yet, it is still unclear if the motorcycle ran out of fuel or experienced a mechanical issue. Surprisingly, the Punjab Police stated on Wednesday that the motorcycle on which the wanted fugitive fled was discovered near a canal in Jalandhar. CCTV footage acquired by the Police shows his close associate Papalpreet riding the motorcycle while Amritpal rode a pillion. According to police, the two fled using the internal link roads to evade.
A day after the Punjab Police released a lookout circular (LOC) and non-bailable warrant (NBW) for the absconding Amritpal Singh, the police in the neighbouring states of Uttarakhand and Maharashtra issued an alert for the pro-Khalistan leader. The Maharashtra Police released an alert for Amritpal Singh in several districts, including Nanded, and stated that everyone entering and leaving the city is being observed.
Amritpal Singh first appeared on the Punjab scene, as a listener on the social media platform ClubHouse. It allowed users and organisations to host ‘audio rooms’ for discussions on certain topics. During the Farmers Protest in 2021, the late Deep Sidhu created such a room and continued to operate it until he was imprisoned, for the Republic Day violence in New Delhi’s Red Fort in 2022.
Amritpal was not one of the scheduled speakers, but after some NRIs and members encouraged him to talk about his ‘knowledge of Punjab’, he did. He was blocked however by Deep Sidhu, after Amritpal continuously preached his idea for the creation of a Khalistan nation for the Sikhs, and Sidhu thought of it to be impractical and deranged. Since there were more prominent issues in Punjab such as river water claims, Chandigarh, and Punjabi-speaking areas, among others. Deep Sidhu thereafter blocked Amritpal Singh’s phone number for two weeks in 2022.
Deep, on the other hand, passed away in a suspicious vehicle crash on 15 February 2022, just days after forming the ‘Waris Punjab De’ organisation. To the surprise of his family and associates, the organisation’s Facebook page was allegedly hacked, and announced Amritpal as the new head of ‘Waris Punjab De’ by posting a fake letter of appointment.
On September 29, 2022, a grand celebration for Amritpal’s dastarbandi (turban-wearing) ceremony was held in Rode, late Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale’s ancestral village, a Khalistani ideologue. He dressed as Bhindranwale, donning a long white kurta, a blue turban, and a Kirpan, and holding a silver arrow or a weapon interchangeably. He was Bhindranwale 2.0, and he set off alarm bells in state and central security agencies.