Amritpal Singh, a fugitive preacher who has been on the run since March 18, today surrendered before Punjab police in Moga. He has been arrested by the police.
Confirming the arrest, Punjab Police asked people to maintain peace and not spread fake news. “Amritpal Singh arrested in Moga, Punjab. Further details will be shared by Punjab Police. Urge citizens to maintain peace and harmony, Don’t share any fake news, always verify and share,” police tweeted.
Police said that 29-year-old surrendered at a gurdwara in Rode village in Moga district. “We had special inputs that Amritpal Singh was present in Rode village, he was surrounded and had no chance to escape,” said IG Punjab Police Sukhchain Singh Gill.
Amritpal Singh being shifted to Assam’s Dibrugarh, where eight of his aides are already being held under the National Security Act, which allows detention up to a year without any charge.
Amritpal Singh, who the government describes as a Khalistani-Pakistan agent, has been active in Punjab for the past few years and is often seen escorted by armed supporters. He claims to be a follower of the Khalistani separatist and terrorist Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and is known as “Bhindranwale 2.0” among his supporters.