A photograph of Khalistan separatist and terrorist Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, with a rifle, was among the items found by Punjab police in an SUV reportedly abandoned by Amritpal Singh, leader of Khalistan Party ‘Waris Punjab De’, who had fled. in the last two days.
Amritpal Singh moves around with armed men and some of his supporters call him ‘Bhindranwale 2.0’.
Police have arrested 78 people, including the financier and father of a 30-year-old radical preacher. Amritpal Singh was said to have fled on a motorcycle, leaving his car behind.
The police action came after Amritpal’s supporters clashed with police at the Ajnala police station on the outskirts of Amritsar last month, demanding the release of one of Amritpal’s close aides, Lovepreet Toofan.
Among the items found in the vehicle were a private walkie-talkie, a rifle, 57 rounds of live ammunition, a sword and numerous license plates, police said.
In addition, the SUV had tinted windows, which is not allowed.
The vehicle was found in an abandoned state at Salema village in Jalandhar’s Shahkot.
A fresh FIR has been registered against the absconding preacher and his associates for possession of illegal weapons.
Police said on Saturday that an operation was launched to arrest Amritpal and his supporters for their involvement in four criminal cases related to spreading discord between classes, attempted murder, assaults on police personnel and obstructing the lawful discharge of duties. public officials.