The central security establishment has long been pressing the Punjab government to initiate police action against Amritpal in order to curb his emergence as a popular, radical Sikh mob-instigator. The strongest shock came when Home Minister Amit Shah expressed concern amritpalGrowing popularity as a fundamentalist Sikh leader and Punjab Police’s inability to deal with Ajnala incident, CM Bhagwant recently summoned Value And asked him to initiate strict action against elements trying to incite separatist sentiments in the state. A day before meeting Mann, he had met the Governor of Punjab on the same issue.
The assessment is that there is a strong case against Amritpal for not only fueling radical sentiments but also disrespecting the Constitution. He had said in one of his statements that the Indian Constitution is nothing but maintaining the slavery of the Sikhs.
Another grave mistake he has made is by threatening Shah of “the same fate as Indira Gandhi” and Mann of “following the path of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh”.
It has been alleged that Waris Punjab Dey has been receiving funds from Pakistani agencies and that its former treasurer Basant Singh Daulatpura allegedly had known Pakistani links. Now, Amritpal has taken over the management of WPD’s accounts with the help of his uncle, making it a family affair. Other “mistakes” that Amritpal may have committed include disrespecting the Guru Granth Sahib by using him as a shield while protesting against the arrest of his colleague accused of rape. “He gives hukumnamas (orders) without following Sikh rahat maryada and does not involve the panj pyaras in decision making. An official said that despite having converted to Sikhism only six months ago, he considers himself the sole savior of Sikhism.
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Amritpal’s supporters had earlier damaged the property of Gurdwaras. His ‘army’ indulged in violence – essentially to protest against the chairs being placed in Gurdwaras for the elderly, calling it an insult to the Guru Granth Sahib – regardless of the course of action.
Inputs gathered by intelligence agencies since Amritpal became a “person of interest” when he was named as the chief of Waris Punjab Dey point to Avtar Singh Khanda, a radical Sikh activist from Britain associated with Khalistan TV, who He is also the chief conductor and architect. behind his rise as a pro-Khalistan Sikh icon.
Khanda is said to be close to Khalistani terrorists Jagtar Singh Tara and Paramjit Singh Pamma, affiliated with the Babbar Khalsa International, designated as a terrorist organization under the UAPA. An IPS officer told TOI that these leaders have a lot of influence on Amritpal. Amritpal’s relations are also told with Lakhbir Singh Rode, head of the International Sikh Youth Federation. Rode is wanted in cases of arms and RDX smuggling, conspiracy to attack government leaders in New Delhi and inciting hatred in Punjab.
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The central security establishment had been alerting the Punjab government that Amritpal was being groomed and planted by a Pakistan-based mastermind to revive Sikh militancy in the state. His styling as Bhindranwale – from copying his looks, mannerisms to public statements to walking around with a personal army of supporters – and his popularity on social media are not seen as “organic”. The assessment is that he may have been coerced by outside forces such as Pakistan’s ISI to speak and style himself after Bhindranwale so as to align with the Sikhs.