Mobile and internet suspended in Indian Punjab as police hunt Khalistan leader
NEW DELHI/CHANDIGARH: Several spaces of Punjab witnessed the suspension of cellular and internet services and products over the weekend as the police in the northern Indian state carried out a “manhunt” for Amritpal Singh, a distinguished self-styled Sikh preacher who says he helps the Khalistan motion for a separate Sikh place of birth.
According to Scroll.in, “cordon-and-search operations” had been carried out statewide towards Singh’s organisation, Waris Punjab De, ensuing in the arrest of 78 other people, with “several more being detained.”
As the seek for Singh, 30, endured into its 2d day, India Today reported on Sunday that safety has been heightened throughout Indian Punjab.
“[The] father of Amritpal Singh, who was declared a fugitive by the Jalandhar Commissioner on Saturday [March 18], said the Punjab police conducted searches at his residence in Amritsar but did not find anything illegal,” it mentioned.
“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,” the file quoted Singh’s father as pronouncing.
Singh received nationwide consideration in India after masses of his supporters stormed a police station in Punjab in February. The mob, many wearing weapons and swords, demanded the discharge of an arrested aide and had been reportedly wearing a replica of the Guru Granth Sahib, holy spiritual scripture of Sikhism, making it tricky for police to intrude.
The incident introduced Singh into the highlight, with considerations raised over the emerging reinforce for the Khalistan motion.
Meanwhile, consistent with The Wire, Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), which prohibits the meeting of 5 or extra individuals, has been imposed in quite a lot of districts of the state, together with two of the six border districts. The police have higher deployment in all district headquarters, and paramilitary forces have sealed off Jallupur Khera, Singh’s homeland.
Mobile internet and SMS services and products have additionally been suspended in a number of districts till the afternoon.