The Punjab Police has launched a massive manhunt to arrest Khalistan leader Amritpal Singh, who is on the run since Saturday. He was also declared a “fugitive”.
“He is now a fugitive and we are looking for him and we will soon arrest him,” Jalandhar Police Commissioner Kuldeep Singh Chahal told reporters near Nakodar in Jalandhar late Saturday night.
The police had planned to arrest Singh at Mehatpur on the Jalandhar-Moga Road on Saturday. He, however, evaded them and left his vehicle and mobile phone near Nakodar, The Indian Express reported quoting sources.
In a statewide crackdown, the police arrested 78 of his associates Saturday. The hunt for Amritpal continued for the second day with district police chiefs carrying out flag marches in major towns in Punjab and the state government extending internet suspension till Monday noon.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has directed the chiefs of the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) to be alert in the border areas as there is a possibility that Singh might cross over the International Border in Punjab or via the India-Nepal border, The Indian Express reported.
The report said a message has been sent to all units of the BSF and SSB along with two pictures of Singh with and without his turban.