No terror charges against Amritpal Singh: Congress MLA's appeal to Punjab govt

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In a tweet, Congress MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira urged Bhagwant Mann "not to charge Amritpal Singh under draconian laws like UAPA or NSA as there’s no terror activity involved".

Arvind Ojha

New Delhi,UPDATED: Mar 18, 2023 23:41 IST

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Waris Punjab De chief Amritpal Singh

By Arvind Ojha: Punjab Congress MLA Sukhpal Khaira urged Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann not to charge detained Khalistani leader Amritpal Singh under the stringent UAPA or NSA, but only for storming a police station with swords to secure an aide's release from jail.

“I urge Bhagwant Mann not to charge Amritpal Singh under draconian laws like UAPA or NSA as there’s no terror activity involved. He can be charged in the Ajnala incident. Otherwise it’ll be presumed you’re surrendering a Sikh youth to central agencies,” Khaira tweeted, asking why action has been taken against gangster Lawrence Bishnoi yet.

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Bishnoi’s gang made it to the headlines with their alleged involvement in the murder of Congress leader and singer Sidhu Moose Wala on May 29, 2022.

Khalistani leader Amritpal Singh was detained by the Punjab Police today. However, the state police have so far neither confirmed nor denied whether the separatist leader has been apprehended.

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Earlier in the day, the Punjab Police launched a massive action against Sing, the chief of Waris Punjab De. The Union Home Ministry has been in constant touch with the state government, sources told India Today TV.

Six of Singh’s aides were earlier detained in Jalandhar and are being questioned at an undisclosed location.

Over 50 police vehicles chased the Khalistani leader and his aides to arrest them after the Punjab Police traced Singh’s latest location near Shahkot, a little over a hundred kilometres from Amritsar. Internet has been suspended in certain parts of Punjab until tomorrow.

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Mar 18, 2023