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Radical preacher’s aide to be released after Punjab court order

Amritsar, February 24

A court in Punjab’s Ajnala on Friday ordered the release of radical preacher Amritpal Singh’s aide Lovepreet Singh in a kidnapping case, a day after supporters of the leader stormed a police station here demanding his release.

Inspector General of Police, Amitsar, Border Range, Monish Chawla, told PTI over phone that the court had accepted the discharge application and Lovepreet was being released.

The preacher’s supporters, some of them brandishing swords and guns, had broken though barricades and stormed into a police station complex here on Thursday, demanding that Lovepreet alias Toofan be released.

Three policemen were hurt during the clash, officials said.

Earlier in the day, Amritsar Rural’s Superintendent of Police Satinder Singh told reporters that they (Amritpal side) had given evidence, according to which Lovepreet was not present at the spot, referring to the alleged kidnapping incident.

“They gave the evidence on Thursday. On the basis of that he is being discharged through the court,” said the SSP.

As of now, the situation is peaceful, he said.

Amritpal Singh, who heads the organisation ‘Waris Punjab De’, had on Thursday issued an “ultimatum” for the release of his supporter.

A case was registered against Amritpal and his 30 supporters for allegedly kidnapping and thrashing Barinder Singh, a resident of Chamkaur Sahib in Rupnagar district.

Barinder Singh, in his complaint, had told police that Amritpal’s associates had kidnapped him from Ajnala and took him to an unidentified place where he was brutally thrashed.

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