New Delhi/Chandigarh: Pro-Khalistan preacher Amritpal Singh, who has reportedly been arrested by the Punjab Police in Shahkot, may be handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA), said sources on Monday. “There are possibilities that we might take over the matter. There is a terror link connected to Pakistan`s ISI and therefore the Home Ministry can decide to transfer the case to the NIA,” the source said.

As of now, Punjab Police is looking into the matter. Imaan Singh Khara, the legal advisor to ‘Waris Punjab De,’ had claimed late on Sunday that he has been arrested by the Punjab Police and that he may be killed in an encounter.

Punjab Police is also planning to book Amritpal Singh under the provisions of the National Security Act (NSA), sources privy to the development said, according to news agency IANS.

Alert In Punjab; Internet, SMS, Mobile Services Suspended 


In the interest of public safety, the Punjab government has extended the suspension of SMS and mobile internet services, except voice calls, till Monday noon. Amritsar Deputy Commissioner of Police, Parminder Singh Bhandal, told the media that the police have set up 100 checkpoints in Amritsar and its outskirts to physically check vehicles. CRPF jawans are accompanying the policemen at the checkpoints.

Anticipating a disturbance of peace, a large contingent of paramilitary force has been deployed outside Amritpal Singh`s native village, Jallupur Khaira in the Amritsar district. A special team of police, comprising personnel from seven districts, had followed the separatist leader`s convoy while he was on his way to Jalandhar`s Shahkot tehsil on Saturday.

“Amritpal`s vehicle was chased for 20-25 km. His vehicle was at the front. However, he managed to escape by changing his vehicle,” Police Commissioner Kuldeep Singh Chahal said.

Section 144 has been imposed in many districts of the state. The police have also increased security across Punjab. In addition, all vehicles are being checked on the Punjab-Haryana border.

Meanwhile, Amritpal`s father, Tarsem Singh, has told the media that the police should have arrested him before he left the house. “We don`t have any information about his whereabouts. They carried out a search at our residence for 3-4 hours, but did not find anything illegal,” he said. He also termed the police action as “unjustified”, claiming that his son was weaning the youth off drugs.

“Why are the police not acting against criminals and those involved in the drugs trade,” he asked.

‘Amritpal Singh May Be Killed In Encounter’


Amritpal Singh’s lawyer Khara also alleged that the police wants to kill him in a “fake encounter”. Citing a threat to the life of Amritpal Singh, Advocate Khara has approached Punjab and Haryana High Court and filed a writ petition. 

Advocate Khara said, “as per the Article 21 of the Indian Constitution, which is the Right to Life, police cannot beat anyone without the due procedure of the court.”  “In this plea, we have appealed to the Punjab and Haryana High Court that there is a threat to Amritpal Singh`s life and that he is arrested at Shahkot Police Station,” he said. 

The lawyer further alleged that despite their (the police`s) duty of producing a person before the magistrate within 24 hours, the police haven`t produced him (Amritpal Singh).

Meanwhile, security agencies had raised a red flag after intelligence inputs suggested that pro-Khalistan preacher Amritpal Singh was using drug de-addiction centres and a gurdwara for stockpiling weapons and preparing youths to carry out suicide attacks, officials said on Sunday.

A thick dossier prepared with inputs from various security agencies claimed that Singh, who returned from Dubai last year allegedly at the behest of Pakistan’s ISI and Khalistan sympathisers residing overseas, was mainly engaged in brainwashing youths to become “khadkoos” or human bombs.

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