New Delhi: With ‘Waris Punjab De’ chief and Khalistan sympathizer Amritpal Singh nonetheless on the run, the suspension on all cellular web, SMS, and dongle providers in Punjab was on Sunday (March 19) prolonged until March 20. An official assertion from the Bhagwant Mann-led authorities mentioned that cellular web providers will stay suspended in Punjab until 12 pm on March 20 within the “curiosity of public security”. The state authorities had on Saturday suspended the web and SMS providers until Sunday midday.
“It’s directed that every one cellular web providers (2G/3G/45/5G/CDMA/GPRS), all SMS providers (excluding banking and cellular recharge) and all dongle providers offered on cellular networks, besides voice calls, within the territorial jurisdiction of Punjab shall be additional suspended from March 19 (12.00 hours) to March 20 (12.00 hours) to forestall any incitement to violence and any disturbance of peace and public order,” an official order issued on Sunday mentioned.
The broadband providers usually are not being suspended in order that banking amenities, hospital providers and different important providers usually are not disrupted, the order issued by the extra chief secretary learn additional.
A manhunt is at the moment on to nab radical Sikh preacher Amritpal Singh.
“He’s now a fugitive and we’re on the lookout for him and we are going to quickly arrest him,” Jalandhar Police Commissioner Kuldeep Singh Chahal instructed reporters close to Nakodar in Jalandhar late Saturday evening.
Chahal mentioned six to seven gunmen of Amritpal Singh have been arrested.
Cell web in Punjab was suspended after crackdown in opposition to Amritpal Singh
The Punjab authorities had on Saturday launched a significant crackdown in opposition to Amritpal Singh and arrested 78 members of an outfit — Waris Punjab De — headed by him.
The elusive preacher himself, nonetheless, gave the police a slip and escaped their dragnet when his cavalcade was intercepted within the Jalandhar district.
Because the operation went underway, authorities stepped up safety at a number of locations and suspended web and SMS providers within the state until Sunday midday.
Throughout their state-wide operation, police additionally seized one .315-bore rifle, seven 12-bore rifles, one revolver, and 373 dwell cartridges of a unique caliber.
78 arrested after mega crackdown in opposition to Waris Punjab de#AmritpalSingh fugitive, Police groups are on manhunt
9 weapons together with 8 rifles, one revolver recovered throughout operation
Scenario is beneath management, residents requested to to not imagine in rumours
— Punjab Police India (@PunjabPoliceInd) March 18, 2023
Safety has been tightened at many locations in Punjab with intensive automobile checking.
Earlier final month, Amritpal Singh and his supporters — a few of them brandishing swords and weapons — broke by way of barricades and barged into the Ajnala Police Station on the outskirts of the Amritsar metropolis, clashing with police for the discharge of certainly one of Amritpal’s aides.
After the incident, through which six policemen together with a Superintendent of Police rank officer had suffered accidents, the Mann-led authorities within the state had confronted extreme flak and was accused of kowtowing to extremists.
Dubai-returned Amritpal Singh was final 12 months anointed the top of ‘Waris Punjab De’, which was based by actor and activist Deep Sidhu who died in a street accident in February final 12 months.
(With company inputs)
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