The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, April 24
Self-styled Khalistani activist Amritpal Singh, finally arrested on Sunday from the village of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale in Punjab, after 36 days of cat-and-mouse chase across several states, was largely unknown till last September when he returned to India from Dubai where he was running his family’s transport business.
After taking charge of ‘Waris Punjab De’ or “the heirs of Punjab” – floated by lawyer-actor-turned-activist Deep Sidhu in 2021, he was trying to position himself as a new fulcrum for the Panthic cause by calling on the youth to “fight for the freedom” of the Panth.
Sidhu, one of the accused in the January 26, 2021 Red Fort violence, had died in a road accident near Haryana’s Sonepat in February 2022.
In September that year, Amritpal Singh’s ‘dastar bandi’ (turban tying) ceremony was held at Rode village, marking his official installation as the head of ‘Waris Punjab De’.