: Amritpal Saga: Govts Inept Handling And Police Blunders #WorldNEWSAll While Amritpal Singh is still on the run, a thorough inquiry must be conducted on how the operation was handled. THE DAY Amritpal
Amritpal Saga: Govts Inept Handling And Police Blunders #WorldNEWSAll
While Amritpal Singh is still on the run, a thorough inquiry must be conducted on how the operation was handled.
THE DAY Amritpal Singh and his band of followers took the unprecedented step of using Guru Granth Sahib as a shield to storm the Ajnala Police Station, it was evident that the Punjab Police would be forced to act against the paratrooper who had been openly challenging the authorities.
Yet, it took nearly a month before it finally launched an operation to nab Amritpal Singh. That was much more than sufficient time to plan a swift and efficient operation with little chance of any collateral damage.
As is well known by now, Punjab Police managed to botch up the operation and left red faces all around. In the process it has made a hero of a non-hero among his small bunch of diehard supporters.
But the mess up by the police started much earlier. Red flags should have gone up after he propped himself at the head of the organisation founded by Deep Sidhu despite the opposition by his family members.
Amritpal’s aggressive discourses and challenges to the government and the police through numerous video interviews had been making the rounds of digital media since long.
His band of supporters had been brandishing weapons and threatening people. They had also been going to gurdwaras to throw out chairs meant for the old and infirm on the grounds that Sikh tenets required all to sit down on the floor in gurdwaras.
While the police, as well as the central government and the state government, turned a blind eye to the developments, the growing prosperity and aggression of the group was evident with the backing of the financiers and planners abroad.
Unfortunately the AAP Government in Punjab and the BJP led Government at the centre had been squabbling over minor issues such as names of a delegation of principals to Singapore while plans were afoot to push Punjab back into an era of turmoil and violence.
Neither the central intelligence agencies nor the state police paid enough attention to the emergence of the hot headed band of fanatics.
The first major blunder by the police was during the Ajnala incident. It failed to gather intelligence that Amritpal would bring in Guru Granth Sahib to the police station and use it as a shield. It should have taken alternative measures to avoid the situation.
Amritpals action did not go well with the Punjabis in general and Sikh community is particular. This was perhaps the first time ever that Guru Granth Sahib was used as a protective shield by anyone in the history.
Another aspect of the Ajnala incident reflected very poorly on the police. It cut a sorry figure while admitting that Amritpal’s aide, Lovepreet Singh Toofan, whose release was being demanded during the attack, was innocent!
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A senior police officer gave an on record statement that they have now learnt that Lovepreet was not even present at the site of the crime and that he was innocent and would be released forthwith.