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Booked under NSA, Amritpal Singh faces a slew of charges

Booked under NSA, Amritpal Singh faces a slew of charges

A look at the date-wise list of cases against the self-styled preacher, Amritpal Singh, who was on the run for 36 days.

Amritpal Singh, chief of Waris Punjab De, who was arrested Sunday morning, has been booked under the stringent National Security Act (NSA) and faces over half-a-dozen charges such as attempt to  murder, abduction and extortion.

The first case against Amritpal was registered on February 16 for kidnapping and assault of a person. Subsequently, he was charged with attempt to murder after he and his followers stormed the Ajnala police station complex on February 23, and injured several policemen as they tried to free an aide arrested for abduction.

Here is the date-wise list of cases against the self-styled preacher who was on the run for 36 days.

February 16

Amritpal and others were booked in a kidnapping, assault and criminal intimidation, apart from other offences under the Indian Penal Code at Ajnala police station.

February 24

Amritpal and others booked in a case of attempt to murder and assault on police at Ajnala police station after they stormed into Ajnala police station to free Lovepreet Singh Toofan, who was arrested by police on February 17 in connection with February 16 FIR and who Amritpal said was falsely arrested implicated in the case. Toofan was subsequently released. After keeping it under wraps, the police disclosed about the February 24 FIR only on March 18, when it began the crackdown against Amritpal and his aides.

March 18

Amritpal was booked in a case of rash or negligent driving and disobedience to the order of public servant at Mehatpur police station as his vehicle allegedly hit several vehicles, including a police vehicle, when he escaped from the police and was on the run.

March 19

Amritpal and others were booked in two cases on March 19. A case was registered against Amritpal and others by the Amritsar rural police under Arms Act after the recovery of arms from the persons, associated with Waris Punjab De, arrested during the crackdown. He was booked in another case same day at Khilchian police station for offences of rash driving, criminal intimidation, and obstructing public servant in discharging their duty.

March 21

Amritpal was booked in another case at Shahkot police station. In this case, he, along with others, is alleged to have committed the offences of “extortion by putting a person in a fear of death, criminal intimidation, rioting, unlawful assembly and under sections of the Arms Act. The case was registered on the statement of the priest of a gurdwara at village Nangal Ambia Khurd where Amritpal Singh, while being on the run, changed his attire from traditional Nihang Singh Bana (long shirt) by taking clothes of the priest’s son at gunpoint. He also changed his traditional headgear and wore a normal turban.

©Indian Express

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