Amritpal Singh arrest: Punjab suspends mobile internet
The Punjab government on Saturday suspended the mobile internet services across the state as the police are conducting an operation to arrest Waris Punjab De head, Amritpal Singh.
Reports said internet services will be shut till 12 pm tomorrow. The move was made as Amritpal Singh’s supporters have been sharing videos of police vehicles chasing Singh’s cavalcade in the Moga district.
The Department of Home Affairs and Justice of Punjab said all mobile internet services, all SMS services (expect banking and mobile recharge) and all dongle services provided on mobile networks, except the voice call, in the territorial jurisdiction of Punjab, shall be suspended from 18th March (12:00 hours) to 19th March (12:00 hours) in the interest of public safety.
The Punjab Police also urged the people to not panic and maintain peace and harmony. They also warned people to be wary of fake news and hate speech. In a tweet, the Punjab Police wrote that they are working to maintain law and order in the state.
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Over 50 police vehicles are chasing the Khalistani leader and his aides and the cops have traced his latest location near Shahkot, reports also said.
In February, Amritpal Singh and his supporters broke through police barricades and stormed the Ajnala Police Station. Reports said some of them also flagged off their weapons and demanded the release of one of their aides.
Dubbed as Bhindranwale 2.0, Amritpal Singh is the chief of Waris Punjab De formed by Deep Sidhu who died in a road accident last year. He dresses up like Bhindranwale who was killed during Operation Bluestar.
In 2022, Singh left Dubai and came to India to take the reins of Waris Punjab De. He issued a warning to Union Home Minister Amit Shah saying if he won’t let the Khalistani movement rise, he would have to face consequences.
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