Four of the top arrested associates of Khalistani Separatist Amritpal Singh have been brought to Dibrugarh, Assam.
Top police sources said that a special Air Force aircraft took them to the high-security Dibrugarh Central Jail in upper Assam.
The four fanatics were accompanied by a 30-member team of the Punjab Police, including its Inspector General, Prison.
They took off from Amritsar in AN32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force and reached Dibrugarh via Jorhat. Both Dibrugarh and Jorhat are major air force bases.
Amritpal Singh is still absconding. In this matter, coordinated action is being taken on a large scale between the Central, Punjab and Assam governments.
The Dibrugarh District Collector and the local Superintendent of Police received the team at the Mohanbari airport with tight security. Dibrugarh Central Jail is one of the oldest jails in Northeast India. It is highly secured , and top militants were kept here during the peak of ULFA insurgency in Assam.
Officials said that the Punjab Police has so far arrested 78 members of Amritpal Singh’s organization ‘Waris Punjab De’, while many others have been detained for questioning.
His father has also been detained for questioning, and there is a heavy deployment of police and paramilitary forces outside her village, Jallupur Khaira, in Amritsar.
Jalandhar Police Commissioner Kuldeep Singh Chahal said, “Amritpal Singh’s six to seven gunmen are among those arrested by the police. Daljit Singh Kalsi, a close aide of the self-styled preacher, is also arrested this morning from Gurgaon in Haryana”.
Sources say that Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann discussed the plan to arrest Amritpal Singh with Home Minister Amit Shah in a meeting on March 2. Internet and SMS were snapped across Punjab on Saturday after Amritpal Singh’s aides began circulating frenetic videos urging his supporters to gather at the village where he was surrounded by police.
For this reason, internet and SMS ban has been extended for one more day till 12 noon on Monday.