Chandigarh: Papalpreet Singh, the right-hand man of absconding separatist preacher Amritpal Singh, who was arrested from the Kathunangal area of Amritsar district by the Punjab Police on Monday was flown to Assam’s Dibrugarh jail today amid tight security.
Satinder Singh, senior superintendent of police, confirmed the development. Papalpreet Singh, told reporters at the airport that he was fine and was not tortured.
The 42-year-old Papalpreet is considered a a master organiser of radical activities since 2012 and had escaped the Punjab police dragnet earlier along separatist outfit ‘Waris Punjab De’ chief Amritpal.
Several photos have surfaced showing Papalpreet Singh and Amritpal Singh together, following their escape from the Punjab Police’s manhunt. Amritpal Singh, a Khalistani leader, appeared in a video on March 30 and said he would soon present himself to the world.
Giving details about Papalpreet the SSP said he was a post-matric diploma in engineering and donned many hats in the past few years as an anti-drug crusader, freelance journalist and Khalistani writer.
He was holding the post of media advisor to Amritpal. Papalpreet had been on the Intelligence agencies’ radar because of his participation in radical and Khalistani activities.
A Punjab Police dossier shows that he passed his class 10 from a convent school in Kathunangal. Before joining Amritpal, he had closely worked with staunch Khalistani Simranjeet Singh Mann’s Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), Balwant Singh Gopala of Sikh Youth Federation (Bhindranwale) and Sharanjit Singh Rataul of Sikh Youth Front.
A resident of village Marari in the Majitha assembly segment in Amritsar district, Papalpreet belongs to a peasant family having around 2 acres of land.