Amritpal Singh Hunt: There is a lot of uncertainty and rumour circulating about the fast-paced development coming out of Punjab. On one side, supporters of different political parties have started a credit war, while both sides have left the gates wide open to criticize each other in case of any untoward incident. Bipartisan theories have started to take over in this time of uncertainty. This has also given air to several conspiracy theories.
Some of them are nothing more than hearsay or figments of imagination, while others are people’s desires to see that outcome materialize. But the most pertinent question remains the same: where is Amritpal Singh, the wannabe Bhindranwale who seems to have invited a similar fatal ending for himself?
Hunt: Fugitive Amritpal Singh on the run
On March 18, the Central and State Security Forces launched a massive operation to wipe out Khalistani elements from Punjab. This state-wide anti-terror operation has entered its third day.
Around 78 supporters of the infamous Khalistani group ‘Waris Punjab De’ were arrested on the first day. The security agencies also recovered fire arms in their possession. To stop the spread of fake news and misinformation, internet and mobile services have been partially stopped until the 21st afternoon. Harjit Singh, the uncle of Amritpal Singh, and his driver were also arrested on the intervening night of March 19 and 20.
As per reports, they were traveling with Amritpal Singh, who managed to flee from the security forces. Later, the two were brought into custody, along with Amritpal’s Mercedes. Initially, there were reports that police had nabbed Amritpal Singh. However, later in the night of March 18, Punjab Police informed them about the operation and the arrests made till that time. After announcing 78 arrests, Punjab Police declared Amritpal Singh a fugitive.
Some sympathizers on the loose claim that their secessionist leader, Amritpal Singh, is in police custody. They further claim that he has been taken outside of Punjab by the central investigating agency, the NIA.
There are several developments that decrease the possibility that these claims are true. The security agencies have increased their deployment and intensified their search operation. They have cordoned off strategic locations that can be used by Amritpal and his accomplices to flee the state or even India.
Additionally, four arrested members of the Khalistani group were earlier flown to Assam for undisclosed reasons. Later, they were sent to Dibrugarh Central Jail. If the police had already apprehended Amritpal Singh, the security agencies would have brought him before the courts to be tried for sedition against the nation.
Now let’s move on to the next possibility. As declared by the Punjab Police, he is on the run to find a safe place to escape arrest and face his punishment for treason. The fugitive may attempt to flee the country to a nation sympathetic to Khalistan, such as Canada, the UK, or Australia. To address this issue, the police have heightened security at crucial border crossings, airports, and railway stations.
Experts also fear that if Amritpal successfully evades arrest, he may seek shelter in a Gurudwara, leading the authorities to take action similar to Operation Bluestar, which could escalate tensions and spark strong emotions in some members of the Sikh community. This can’t be far from reality, as this vile ideology has no support within Punjab or elsewhere.
The claim is imminent because of the fear of a repeat of the 1980s, when ISI created bloodshed through Bhindranwale. ISI would hope that its military agent would be a Gurudwara and have a rerun of the Operation Bluestar kind of tragedy. This is a far-fetched dream of ISI, as its evil designs would never see the light of day. The Khalistani leader wouldn’t find safe haven in a nationalist-driven state that gave blood and life to end the ISI-propelled menace of Khalistan.
From spewing venom through his social media handles to issuing death threats to Home Minister Amit Shah, ‘Waris Punjab De’ Chief Amritpal Singh garnered attention just like a moth catches fire. In less than a year of his return from Dubai, the 29-year-old truck driver built a false bravado through radical and secessionist slurs. With escalated confrontation with the Indian state, the secessionist leader invited his own doom and is fast on his way to meet the same fate as Bhindranwale.
This is a far-fetched dream of ISI, as its evil designs would never see the light of day. The Khalistani leader wouldn’t find safe haven in a nationalist-driven state that gave blood and life to end the ISI-propelled menace of Khalistan. The veracity of every claim will only be found when the operation reaches its logical conclusion and Amritpal Singh, along with his other secessionist ideologues, are brought to justice.
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