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Police could have arrested Amritpal on Mar 18: Mann

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Chandigarh, Apr 23 (UNI) Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Singh Mann on Sunday said that the state could have arrested Amritpal Singh only on March 18th, but they never wanted any bloodshed and today the separatist leader has been arrested without firing a single bullet.

Mr Mann said that the Aam Aadmi government was duty bound to preserve the hard earned peace and communal harmony in the state. “Law is taking its own course in the case of Amritpal Singh, who was a stooge in hands of the forces inimical to the state and country, and no action is being taken against the innocents”, said the Chief Minister in a video statement issued here.

The chief minister said that the state could have arrested Amritpal only on March 18th

but they never wanted any bloodshed and today the separatist leader has been arrested without firing a single bullet. He said that this was a deep rooted conspiracy to disturb the peace, amity and brotherhood in the state but the state government has foiled it by arresting all the key players.

Mr Mann said that the self proclaimed religious leader Amritpal Singh, ran an organization which provoked youth to take arms and indulge in illegal activities against the country.
He said that he knew about the operation to nab the fugitive since Saturday evening adding that he had a sleepless night as he took the update after every 15 minutes from the officers.
Mr Mann said that when Amritpal had attacked Ajnala Police station by taking shield
of Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji, he had directed the Police to ensure that no disrespect of Sri Guru Granth Sahib ji takes place.
The Chief Minister thanked the people of the state for the remarkable display of calm and patience during the last 35 days and reiterated the commitment of the state government to ensure that Punjab emerges as a peaceful, progressive and prosperous state in the country.


Mr Mann unequivocally said that the youth of the state won’t be allowed to become raw material for the hate factories being run in the name of religion. He said that some forces were highly mistaken that they could divide people on communal lines because the peace loving Punjabis would thwart any such attempt.

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