Amritpal Singh, a Khalistani separatist, surrendered to the police in Moga, Punjab, after a month-long manhunt. The reason for his surrender was due to his wife, Kirandeep Kaur, was being placed under surveillance by Punjab Police. Kaur, who is a British citizen, was reportedly being followed by the police, and three days before Singh’s arrest, she was stopped at Amritsar airport as she attempted to board a flight to London. Kaur had a valid visa until July and wanted to leave India before it expired. Singh had initially wanted to protect the safety of his wife and avoid her detention, which is why he was unable to leave the country.
According to reports, Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann observed the operation to capture Singh throughout the night, and it was determined around 4 a.m. that Singh was encircled with no escape path. Singh is charged with breaking communal peace, attempting to kill and assaulting police, as well as violating the strict National Security Act (NSA).
Kaur, who married the extremist leader on February 10, was denied boarding a flight to London on Thursday at Amritsar’s Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport. The Punjab Police had issued a lookout circular (LOC) against her, and immigration officers halted her at the airport. Kaur was questioned for three hours by immigration, customs, the intelligence department, and other federal agencies. According to officials, Kaur was attempting to travel to London before her 180-day visa expired. Her parents live in London, and it would have been her first visit to the country since her marriage. After being questioned, Kaur was instructed to return to Jallupur Khera, Singh’s native village, at 2.45 pm.
Amritpal Singh surrendered due to the intense strain he faced after his wife, Kirandeep Kaur, was placed under surveillance by Punjab Police. Kaur was stopped at the airport as she attempted to board a flight to London before her visa expired, and Singh had initially wanted to protect her safety by not leaving the country. Singh is now facing charges of breaking communal peace, attempting to kill and assaulting police, as well as violating the National Security Act (NSA).