CHANDIGARH, March 21:
Hours after Chief Minister (CM) Bhagwant Mann thanked the people of state for supporting the action of the state government by maintaining law and order in Punjab, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Headquarters Sukhchain Singh Gill reaffirmed that the situation in the state is totally stable and under control.
He said that CM Bhagwant Mann has received many calls from Punjab and the entire country thanking him for saving the youth of Punjab.
IGP Sukhchain Singh Gill, while addressing a Press conference, said that a total of 154 persons have been arrested for disturbing peace and harmony in the state.
He said that a lookout circular (LOC) and non-bailable warrant (NBW) has been issued against Amritpal Singh, who remains a fugitive and efforts are being made to arrest him. Punjab Police are getting full cooperation from other states and central agencies in this action, he added.
While sharing pictures of Amritpal in different looks, IGP appealed people to disclose whereabouts of the fugitive.
Divulging more details, the IGP said that Jalandhar Rural Police have recovered a Brezza car (PB02-EE-3343), which was used by Amritpal to escape, when Police teams were chasing his cavalcade on March 18. Police have also arrested for four accused persons identified as Manpreet Singh alias Manna (28) S/o Harwinder Singh of Nava Killa in Shahkot, Gurdeep Singh alias Deepa (34) S/o Mukhtiar Singh of village Bal Nau in Nakodar, Harpreet Singh alias Happy (36) S/o Nirmal Singh of village Kotla Nodh Singh in Hoshiarpur and Gurbhej Singh alias Bheja S/o Balvir Singh of village Gondara in Faridkot. These four accused persons facilitated Amritpal to escape, he said.
“It has come to fore that Amritpal Singh and his aides have also changed their clothes in one Gurdwara Sahib in village Nangal Ambia to change their attire and absconded from there on two motorcycles,” he said.
IGP Sukhchain Singh Gill said that Police teams have also arrested and detained Kulwant Singh Raoke of Village Raoke in Moga and Gurinderpal Singh alias Guri Aujla of Kapurthala under the National Security Act.
The IGP informed that the Jalandhar Rural Police has registered a fresh First Information Report (FIR) against Amritpal’s uncle Harjit Singh of Kallu Kheda in Amritsar and his driver Harpreet Singh of village Madoke in Moga for trespassing and taking shelter for two days at the house of Sarpanch Manpreet Singh of village Uddowal in Mehatpur, Jalandhar on gunpoint. Both the accused persons had come in their Mercedes car (HR72E1818). An FIR no. 28 dated 20.3.2023 has been registered under sections 449, 342, 506 and 34 of IPC and sections 25 and 27 of the Arms Act at Police Station Mehatpur.
Meanwhile, the IGP also informed that the protest at Mohali has also been lifted. He said that 37 persons have been taken in preventive custody.