Papalpreet was arrested in Hoshiarpur on Monday in a joint operation of the Punjab Police and the Punjab counter-intelligence
Waris Punjab De chief Amritpal Singh’s close aide Papalpreet Singh has been arrested on Monday. Papalpreet Singh has been with the radical Sikh leader as he escaped the police dragnet on March 18 when Punjab Police launched a massive crackdown on Waris Punjab De. Amritpal and Papalpreet travelled together, changing vehicles, as they escaped the chase by the police. From Punjab, they fled to Haryana and probably to Delhi, as captured in CCTV footage, before they entered Punjab again.
The Punjab Police increased its vigil across Punjab ahead of Baisakhi celebrations and rumours that Amritpal Singh was about to surrender. Papalpreet’s arrest brings the police closer to Amritpal Singh who is believed to be hiding in Punjab.
Punjab Police chief Gaurav Yadav visited Golden Temple on Monday and said the police will nab whosoever is wanted by the law and it is better that such people submit to the law. Amid reports that Amritpal might have taken shelter at a religious place, the director general of police said religious places should not be used for personal reasons. “Religious places should not be misused,”
Papalpreet Singh is believed to be the most trusted aide of Amritpal Singh with ISI links.
Papalpreet has been advising Amritpal on various issues. The first photos of Papalpreet were seen him driving a motorcycle with Amritpal riding pillion as they managed to escape. Papalpreet Singh was taking instructions from the ISI to raise the bogey of Khalistan in Punjab, officials said. It was on Papalpreet’s instruction that Amritpal changed his appearance during their escape.
Papalpreet faces four criminal cases.