Khalistani leader Amritpal was already prepared to tighten the noose, the central-state government had made a plan, learn inside story
New Delhi. When the Central Armed Police Forces were asked to be deployed in Punjab after a meeting between officials of the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Punjab government, it became clear that after the G20 meeting in Amritsar, the Center was ready with Khalistani leader Amritpal Singh. But the screws will tighten. According to sources, even though there is a political tussle between the central government and the Aam Aadmi Party-led Punjab government, there was a general consensus that pro-Khalistan sentiments should not spread as it threatens the country’s security and development.
Sources said that in a meeting, Union Home Minister Amit Shah told Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann not to tolerate this in future. Soon after the meeting, around 35 companies including eight companies of Rapid Action Force were sent to Punjab to maintain law and order situation in the state.
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Officers were doing Reiki in plain uniform
Sources said that the central intelligence agencies were instructed to gather ground-level intelligence. Officers in plain clothes were deployed on the ground after the scheduled G20 program was over in Punjab. Soon after, Punjab Police teams were sent to nab Amritpal and his supporters, while central forces were deployed to tackle Jallupur Kheda village and other key areas.
Sources said that initially the Central Armed Police Forces were deployed for only 10 days. Later, their deployment was extended for a few more days to maintain the law and order situation. A senior official said, the RAF and other companies will assist the local police till the situation is brought under control by the state properly.
Forces have been deployed mainly in various areas around Amritsar to maintain law and order. The Intelligence Bureau has been asked to collect inputs from Punjab at frequent intervals.
Internet is closed in Punjab and the situation is also tense as Punjab Police is close to Amritpal. Some close people of Amritpal were also arrested from Jalandhar on Saturday. A police officer said that internet service has been suspended in the entire state till Sunday afternoon.
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Tags: amit shah, Amritpal Singh, CM Bhagwant Mann, Khalistan, Punjab Govt.
FIRST PUBLISHED : March 19, 2023, 05:00 IST