Centre keeping ‘close watch’ on developments in Punjab after release of Amritpal’s aide from jail | Chandigarh News


NEW DELHI/CHANDIGARH: The situation in Punjab, where followers of preacher and Khalistani sympathiser Amritpal Singh forcefully entered a police station to free an associate, is under close surveillance by the Centre, stated officials on Friday.
Brandishing rifles and swords, the demonstrators forcefully entered the Ajnala police station located in the outskirts of Amritsar city. They then compelled the officials to promise to withdraw the kidnapping case filed against Lovepreet Singh ‘Toofan.’
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Union Home Ministry officials said the Punjab government had already been asked to keep a close watch on Singh’s activity.

Supporters of 'Waris Punjab De' chief Amritpal Singh break through police barricades brandishing guns in Amritsar

Supporters of ‘Waris Punjab De’ chief Amritpal Singh break through police barricades brandishing guns in Amritsar

They said “the Centre was closely monitoring the situation in Punjab” as it is a sensitive border state and any incident which is violation of law and has wider ramifications is a matter of concern.
However, it is not immediately known whether the central government has sought a report from the Punjab government on the incident and the prevailing situation in the state.
On Thursday, Amritpal Singh’s supporters, some of them brandishing swords and guns, broke through barricades and barged into a police station in Ajnala extracting an assurance from the police that kidnapping case accused Lovepreet Singh will be released.
Waris Punjab De‘ chief Amritpal Singh and his supporters also brought a vehicle carrying a copy of the Guru Granth Sahib for holding “amrit sanchar” (a Sikh ceremony) at the police station.
Following the incident, Amritpal Singh’s aide and kidnapping accused Lovepreet Singh ‘Toofan’ walked out of jail in Ajnala on Friday.
Punjab DGP Gaurav Yadav said the demonstrators had used the holy Guru Granth Sahib as a shield and attacked police personnel in a cowardly manner, leaving six of them injured.
Despite giving an assurance of a peaceful demonstration, the protesters used sharp-edged weapons.
(With inputs from PTI)


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