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Who is Amritpal Singh: What does radical Sikh ‘preacher’ do

During the farmers' uprising against the now-repealed agricultural laws, Amritpal Singh's popularity on social media began to grow.

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Who is Amritpal Singh

Who is Amritpal Singh: Punjab Police arrested six associates of radical Sikh self-proclaimed preacher Amritpal Singh. Supporters of the organization Singh leads, Waris Punjab De, shared unconfirmed videos of police giving pursuit to his cavalcade in the Moga district of Punjab.

Singh, a Khalistan sympathizer, was reportedly on his way to Bathinda when the police attempted to intercept him. The homes of some of his supporters have been searched, according to sources quoted by The Indian Express. Internet access has been cut off in certain regions of Punjab. According to reports, Amritpal is untraceable.

It is unclear from which instance the current police action stems. Singh has been charged with abduction at the Ajnala police station in Amritsar. After his supporters attacked the Ajnala police station on February 24, the police have not disclosed if a case was filed against him. In an alleged hijacking case, they demanded the release of one of their members from police custody while brandishing swords and firearms.

Since Amritpal Singh came to Punjab from Dubai last year and began making speeches about bringing the youth back to “true Sikhi” and giving them shastra vidya, opposition to his activities has consistently increased. (knowledge of weapons). The 29-year-old imitates the attire and demeanor of the slain Khalistani militant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale.

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Who is Amritpal Singh?

During the farmers’ uprising against the now-repealed agricultural laws, Amritpal Singh’s popularity on social media began to grow. He was an outspoken supporter of the protest leader Deep Sidhu, who made headlines in 2021 for raising the Nishan Sahib flag on the Red Fort on Republic Day. Singh then resided in Dubai, where he worked as a dispatcher for his family’s transport company for over a decade. His family is from Amritsar’s Jallupur Khera.

In February 2022, Sidhu was killed in an automobile accident. A few months later, in September 2022, Amritpal Singh returned from Dubai to become the leader of Waris Punjab De, an organization founded by Sidhu approximately one year prior. The ceremony of his dastarbandi (installation) as the leader of Waris Punjab De took place in Bhindranwale’s hometown of Rode, amidst chants of “Khalistan Forever!”

Amritpal Singh stated in his speech at Rode, “We (Punjabis) are all still captives. Those who believe we are free should consult a physician. We must fight for our liberation. Our resources are being looted. Our Master is being disregarded. Those who commit sacrilege will not be delivered over to law enforcement or prosecuted in court. Ohda sodha laguga (they will be punished)”

With his aggressive speeches against regional and national political parties, feminists, activists, Khalsa Aid, and even pro-Khalistan organizations like Dal Khalsa, Amritpal Singh’s popularity grew through Facebook Live and other social media sessions.

After he became the leader of Waris Punjab De, Deep Sidhu’s family publicly severed ties with him. Deep Sidhu’s brother, Mandeep Singh Sidhu, told The Indian Express, “My brother created this organization for a social cause, to raise issues in Punjab and to provide legal assistance to the needy, and not to promote Khalistan. Amritpal discusses inciting unrest in Punjab. He is using my brother’s and Khalistan’s name to deceive people.”

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What is Amritpal’s stated objective?

Deep Sidhu had stated that Waris Punjab De was a social organization whose mission was to “fight for the rights of Punjab against the Centre and to speak out whenever the culture, language, social fabric, or rights of Punjab were attacked.” After assuming power, Amritpal Singh declared that he would travel from village to village in Punjab to “bring youth back to Sikhi.”

Instructing the youth to protect their villages from the pervasive drug menace in Punjab, he stated that rather than fleeing abroad after passing the IELTS, they should remain in Punjab and fight the “battle for its independence.” He also encourages the students to become Sikh converts.

Singh had responded to comparisons with Bhindranwale by stating, “Bhindranwale is my inspiration. I will follow the course he indicates. I aspire to be similar to him, as every Sikh does, but I am not imitating him. I am inferior to the soil on his feet.”