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Punjab Police cracks down on a radical preacher

Internet access has been suspended throughout the state

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CHANDIGARH, March 18 (PTI):  Internet services were suspended across Punjab as police launched a crackdown against the radical preacher Amritpal Singh on Saturday detaining six of his supporters.

There were some reports suggesting that the self-styled Sikh preacher too had been detained near Nakodar but no official confirmation has come in this regard so far.

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Internet services have been suspended across the state until noon Sunday, said a senior official of the home affairs department.

Amripal’s cavalcade was intercepted by police in Mehatpur village in Jalandhar district on Saturday.

Some supporters of ‘Waris Punjab De’ chief shared some videos on social media, claiming that policemen were chasing them.

A video also showed Amritpal sitting in a vehicle, and one of his aides could be heard saying policemen were after ‘bhai saab’ (Amritpal).

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Another supporter in the field shared a video in which he was claiming that policemen were after him.

A heavy police force was involved in the entire operation.

Meanwhile, Punjab Police asked people to maintain peace and harmony.  “Request all citizens to maintain peace and harmony Punjab Police is working to maintain law and order. Request citizens not to panic or spread fake news or hate speech,” it said in a tweet.

Last month, Amritpal and his supporters, some of whom were brandishing swords and guns, broke through barricades and barged into the Ajnala Police Station on the outskirts of Amritsar city, and clashed with police over the release of one of Amritpal’s aides.

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During the incident, six policemen, including a Superintendent of Police rank officer, suffered injuries.

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