Published on: 26 March 2023 at 10:35 IST
On Saturday, Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh urged Khalistan sympathiser Amritpal Singh, who is currently a fugitive, to surrender to the police and cooperate with their investigation.
Singh questioned the police’s ability to apprehend Singh, despite their large numbers, and stated that he would ask Singh to present himself to the police if he is not in their custody.
Singh’s statement followed the Punjab Police’s crackdown on both Singh and his associates in ‘Waris Punjab De’. Singh has been on the run since March 18, and he managed to evade the police when his convoy was intercepted in Jalandhar district.
The Punjab Government has imposed the strictest National Security Act against him and some of his associates. In a video message, the Jathedar expressed concern about the police’s failure to arrest Singh despite their efforts, and urged them to keep in mind that Sikh youths held in connection with the case have not committed significant crimes.
The Akal Takht Jathedar has also called a special gathering of approximately 60 to 70 Sikh organisations, seminaries and Nihang organisations to discuss the situation in Punjab. The gathering will not include representatives from political organisations.