Chandigarh: Even as the pro-Khalistan radical preacher Amritpal Singh continues to be on the run almost a month after the Punjab police launched a crackdown against him and his aides, the Punjab police on Saturday claimed to have nabbed Amritpalanother close associate Joga Singh from Sirhind district.
Stating that the accused named above was arrested in a joint operation of Amritsar and Hoshiarpur police, Narinder Bhargav, deputy inspector general (DIG) of police, border range, said that Joga Singh was with Amritpal from March 18 till March 28.
According to police, it was Joga Singh, a resident of Ludhiana, who had brought Amritpal back to Punjab on March 27. He was in-charge of a Dera in Pilibhit, Uttar Pradesh. Also, it was him only who had arranged shelters and vehicles for Amritpal in Piliphit and back, police claimed further.
Earlier, on March 10, Amritpal’s close aide and `mentor’ Papalpreet was nabbed on March 10 from Amritsar.
Three more arrested for harbouring Amritpal Singh
Meanwhile, in another development, the police had arrested three other persons, including a lawyer, Friday night on the charges of helping Amritpal to escape on March 30 and 31. They were Rajdeep Singh, an advocate, resident of Tanda area in Hoshiarpur district, Sarabjit Sabi, a Nihang of Basti Danishmanda in Jalandhar and Onkar Nath, a self-styled preacher of Tatkalan in district Jalandhar.
Prior to this, the police had also arrested two brothers – Hardeep Singh and Kuldeep Singh – of village Rajpur Bhaian, district Hoshiarpur for allegedly providing shelter to Amritpal on March 28.
It may be recalled that the state police had launched a crackdown against Amritpal who also heads ``Waris Punjab De'' outfit – and his aides, on March 18, though he is still at large.
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