Tensions have been prevailing in Punjab ever since the State Police on Friday launched a massive Cordon And Search Operations (CASO) against elements of Waris Punjab De (WPD) & its chief Amritpal Singh against whom several criminal cases stand registered. During the operation, a total of 78 persons were arrested, while, several others have been detained for questioning. However, Waris Punjab De Chief Amritpal Singh managed to escape from the clutches of Punjab Police despite of the fact that they were in huge numbers. Now, Jalandhar's Police Commissioner Kuldeep Singh Chahal on Saturday while addressing the media confirmed that the pro-Khalistan leader was chased down by the police for 20-25 km but still managed to escape.

"He was chased by police for about 20-25 kms but he managed to escape. We've recovered a no. of weapons & 2 cars also seized. Search underway & we'll arrest him soon. Law & order will be maintained..Punjab police seized two cars of 'Waris Punjab De' chief Amritpal Singh as efforts are underway to nab him. He was declared a fugitive by the police yesterday... Investigation has been done on the recovered weapons. We've also seized his (Amritpal Singh) 2-3 cars. This flag march has been conducted in the Model Town area by the Punjab Police and Rapid Action Force. Law & Order will be maintained. Everything is under control.." said Jalandhar's Police Commissioner Kuldeep Singh Chahal.

Amritpal Singh was declared fugitive

An official spokesperson of Punjab Police said that on Saturday afternoon, several activities of WPD were intercepted by the Police at the Shahkot-Malsian Road in Jalandhar district and seven persons were arrested on the spot. Several others including Amritpal Singh are on the run and a massive manhunt has been launched to nab them, he added. During the state-wide operation, nine weapons, including one .315 bore rifle, seven rifles of 12 bore, one revolver and 373 live cartridges of different caliber have been recovered so far.

Amritpal Singh Fugitive, Police Teams are on Manhunt

The Spokesperson informed that WPD elements are involved in four criminal cases relating to spreading disharmony among classes, attempt to murder, attack on police persons and creating obstructions in the lawful discharge of duties of public servants. Case FIR No. 39 dated 24-02-2023 stands registered against WPD elements for the attack on Ajnala Police Station, he added. He said that all persons involved in criminal offences shall be dealt in accordance with law and all persons wanted by the police should offer themselves to the process of law. Their constitutional rights of legal defence shall be protected, he added.

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