Seven associates of 'Waris Punjab De' chief Amritpal Singh were brought to Amritsar's Baba Bakala court today amid heavy police presence. These associates were sent to police custody till March 23.
These seven people were arrested in connection with an FIR registered related to the Ajnala incident last month, in which Khalistani leader Amritpal Singh and his supporters carrying swords and guns, had overran a police station, and they were remanded to police custody till March 23.
Earlier, Senior Superintendent of Police Rural Amritsar Zone, Satinder Singh said, "Yesterday 7 persons were arrested. Last night an FIR under Arms Act has been registered against them and Amritpal Singh is the main accused in the FIR. Six 12-bore weapons have been recovered from them and all weapons are illegal".
According to police sources, Amritpal Singh was in Haryana a day after fleeing the police in Punjab. He stayed at the house of one of his associates on Sunday and left early the next morning, they added.
The associate, a woman named Baljeet Kaur, has been arrested, they said. Kaur told the police that Amritpal Singh came to her home in the Kurukshetra district with another aide, Papalpreet Singh, on a scooter.
The Punjab police have also arrested a man who was allegedly part of the private security setup of Amritpal Singh. Tejinder Singh Gill, a resident of Mangewal village in the Khanna area of Ludhiana district, was tasked with the self-styled preacher's security.
Last month, Amritpal Singh and his supporters, carrying swords and guns, overran a police station in Ajnala on the outskirts of Amritsar city and clashed with police for the release of one of his aides Lovepreet Singh.
Punjab Police on March 18 launched an operation against Amritpal Singh and his aides. The police action came almost over three weeks after Amritpal's supporters clashed with uniformed personnel at the Ajnala police station on February 23 on the outskirts of Amritsar, demanding the release of one of Amritpal's close aides, Lovepreet Toofan.
Thousands of his supporters overran the Ajnala police station, flashing swords and high-calibre firearms and threatening the police with dire consequences if they did not release Lovepreet Toofan, who was arrested for allegedly assaulting and abducting a man.