Amid intensified manhunt, Amritpal Singh dares govt in new video | Top updates


A day after daring the Punjab police to arrest him, radical preacher Amritpal Singh surfaced in a fresh video on Thursday, asserting he was not a fugitive and would soon appear before the world, according to the news agency PTI. 

Another video had appeared earlier on social media with the pro-Khalistan preacher asking the jathedar (or chief) of the highest temporal body of Sikhs to summon a congregation of the faithful to discuss issues concerning the community.

The purported video surfaced hours after his audio clip came out on social media in which he debunked speculation he was negotiating his surrender.

Police have stepped up security in and around Amritsar and Bathinda amid reports that Amritpal Singh may surrender after entering any of the two Sikh shrines – Golden Temple in Amritsar and Takht Sri Damdama Sahib in Bathinda.

Here’s a 10-point guide on Amritpal Singh’s video message

1) In the video in Punjabi, Amritpal Singh said, “Those who feel that I have turned fugitive and I have left my associates, they should not keep this illusion in their mind. I do not fear death.”

2) He said that he will soon appear before the world and will also be amongst the Sangat, PTI reported. 

3) “I want to tell the government that I did not fear them before and I don’t fear them now. Whatever they have to do they may do… I cannot even think of becoming a fugitive,” Amritpal Singh said, adding that he was not afraid of getting arrested.

4) He appealed to the people not to get swayed by propaganda. The pro-Khalistan preacher said he was not like those who would flee the country. “One has to face a lot during the days of rebellion… These days of rebellion are difficult to pass.”

5) Amritpal Singh, in the clip, again asked the jathedar of the Akal Takht to summon a congregation. Take out a ‘Khalsa Vaheer’ (religious procession) from the Akal Takht in Amritsar to Damdama Sahib in Bathinda and hold a ‘Sarbat Khalsa’ there on Baisakhi, he said.

6) He added that it is time for the jathedar to prove allegations of his affiliation to a particular family wrong and he must stand up for the community. 

7) In the audio clip, Amritpal Singh piled pressure on the Sikh body, saying, “If we are going to play politics even today, doing the same things we used to do earlier, then what’s the point of being a jathedar in the future.”

8) “We should understand that today is the time for the entire community to come together,” he said in Punjabi, calling for “unity” among Sikh bodies.

9) In the first video clip too, Amritpal Singh had tried to argue that the issue was not just his arrest, but about larger concerns of the Sikh community.

10) There was no immediate comment by police on the authenticity of the nearly two-minute audio clip and about the six-minute video.


(With PTI inputs)

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