Radical Sikh preacher Amritpal Singh, who has been evading arrest for greater than 10 days, has returned to Punjab and plans to give up, police sources have claimed.
Amritpal Singh, who helps a name for a separate homeland for Sikhs and is needed for an armed raid on a police station final month, was mentioned to be travelling to Amritsar via the villages of Hoshiarpur when the Punjab Police was tipped off about his presence within the space, sources mentioned.
On Tuesday night time, the police launched a large door-to-door search operation in Hoshiarpur and neighbouring villages to catch him and his associates, who’re accused in a number of legal circumstances.
Nevertheless, Amritpal Singh appeared to have escaped, ditching an Innova automobile at a gurdwara within the Maraiyan village of Hoshiarpur and fleeing into the fields. The police later recovered the automobile.
A cordon and search operation was launched in and across the village, whereas checkposts and barricades have been raised on the roads to catch the suspects.
Sources mentioned that Amritpal Singh was planning to offer an interview to a global information company earlier than surrendering, however modified his thoughts after realising that he had no probability of escaping.
The Punjab Police have been below immense strain to arrest him and his supporters after they revived reminiscences of the Nineteen Eighties Punjab insurgency, wherein hundreds died.
Amritpal Singh stays untraceable since a police crackdown in opposition to him and members of his pro-Khalistan ‘Waris Punjab De’ outfit on March 18, about three weeks after he and his supporters stormed the Ajnala police station close to Amritsar to safe the discharge of an arrested man.
The preacher escaped the police dragnet in Jalandhar district, switching autos and altering appearances.
On Tuesday, a brand new video of Amritpal Singh along with his key aide Papalpreet Singh surfaced on social media, exhibiting the self-styled preacher with no turban and carrying a masks.
The undated CCTV footage, mentioned to be from a market in Delhi, confirmed the fugitive strolling down a road carrying darkish glasses. Behind him, Papalpreet Singh might be seen strolling with a bag.
The Punjab Police haven’t commented on the footage but. A senior Delhi Police official mentioned they’re probing whether or not the individuals seen within the video are Amritpal Singh and his aide.