New Delhi: With “Waris Punjab De” chief and Khalistan sympathizer Amritpal Singh nonetheless at massive, the suspension of all cellular web, SMS and dongle companies in Punjab was prolonged from Sunday March 19 till March 20 March. An official assertion from Bhagwant Mann mentioned that cellular web companies will stay suspended in Punjab till midday on March 20 in the “interest of public safety”.
“All cellular Internet companies, all SMS companies (besides banking and cellular recharge companies) and all dongle companies supplied over cellular networks, besides voice calling, throughout the territorial jurisdiction of Punjab suspended till March 20 (12:00 p.m.) in the pursuits of public safety,” mentioned the Ministry of Home Affairs and Justice of the Punjab authorities.
A manhunt is presently underway to catch radical Sikh preacher Amritpal Singh.
“He is now a fugitive and we are looking for him and we will arrest him soon,” Jalandhar Police Commissioner Kuldeep Singh Chahal advised reporters close to Nakodar in Jalandhar late Saturday evening.
Chahal mentioned six to seven gunmen of Amritpal Singh had been arrested.
Mobile web in Punjab suspended after Amritpal Singh crackdown
The Punjab authorities launched a large crackdown on Amritpal Singh on Saturday and arrested 78 members of a corporation – Waris Punjab De – led by him.
The elusive preacher himself, nonetheless, tricked the police and escaped their drag when his cavalcade was intercepted in Jalandhar district.
While the operation was underway, authorities tightened safety at a number of areas and suspended web and texting companies in the state till midday Sunday.
During their statewide operation, police additionally seized a .315 caliber rifle, seven 12-gauge shotguns, a revolver and 373 stay rounds of a special caliber.
78 arrested after mega crackdown on Waris Punjab from#AmritpalSingh fugitive, police groups are on a manhunt
Nine weapons together with 8 rifles, a revolver recovered through the operation
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Security has been tightened in many locations in Punjab with intensive automobile screening.
Earlier final month, Amritpal Singh and his followers – a few of them wielding swords and weapons – broke by barricades and stormed into Ajnala police station on the outskirts of Amritsar metropolis, clashing the police for the discharge of considered one of Amritpal’s assistants.
After the incident, in which six law enforcement officials, together with a superintendent-ranking officer of police, have been injured, the Mann-led authorities in the state confronted extreme criticism and was accused of bowing to extremists.
Amritpal Singh, back in Dubai, was appointed head of ‘Waris Punjab De’ last yearwhich was based by actor and activist Deep Sidhu, who died in a street accident in February final yr.