|Full name||Amritpal Singh Sandhu ThePrint|
|Other name(s)||• Amritpal Singh Bakalawale
• Amritpal Singh Khalsa
• Bhai Amritpal Singh
|Famous for||Being the Chief of Waris Panjab De organization|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 180 cm
in meters- 1.80 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 11”
|Weight (approx.)||in kilograms- 75 kg
in pounds- 165 lbs
|Eye Colour||Dark Brown|
|Date of Birth||17 January 1993 (Sunday)|
|Age (as of 2023)||30 Years|
|Birthplace||Jallupur Khera village in Baba Bakala tehsil of Amritsar district in Punjab|
|College/University||Lord Krishna Polytechnic College, Kapurthala, Punjab
|Educational Qualification||Amritpal Singh studied till class 10th. According to some sources, including his LinkedIn account, he holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree; however, some sources claim he is a dropout of an engineering course. The Free Press Journal|
|Religion/Religious Views||Sikhism ThePrint
"Punjab is for Punjabis"
Reportedly, Amritpal Singh believes that Sikhs have become'slaves' of Hindus and 'Sikh rule' is the only way to put it to an end. While addressing the gathering in the Behbal Kalan village, where he police officials opened fire at the people protesting against the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib, on the seventh anniversary of the Behbal Kalan killings, Amrital promoted this thoughts and said,
Sikhs have been slaves for 150 years. We have developed a slave mentality. First, we were slaves to the British, now we are slaves to the Hindus. The only way we can be totally free is when we have Sikh rule." ThePrint
|Controversies||• House Arrest Under Sudhir Suri’s Murder Case: Reportedly, Amritpal Singh was briefly put under house arrest by police at Singhawala village in Moga, Punjab after his name cropped up in the murder case of Sudhir Suri, who was shot dead by 31-year-old Sandeep Singh alias Sunny outside Gopal Mandir in Amritsar, Punjab while protesting against the allegedly found Hindu idols in the garbage on the roadside. According to some reports, Surdhir's family held Amritpal responsible for the murder following which the police officials kept him house arrested; reportedly, around nine CCTV cameras were placed on the lanes connecting his two houses in the village to keep an eye on him. ThePrint
• Remarks Against Jesus Christ: In 2022, the Christian community protested for four hours against Amritpal Singh at PAP Chowk in Jalandhar, Punjab for hurting religious sentiments by making objectionable comments against Jesus Crist. Amritpal Singh, while addressing people at one of his events, said,
Jesus who could not save himself, how he will save everyone else?"
The protestors demanded an FIR to be filed against Amritpal Singh under 295A of the IPC (Indian Penal Code) for 'hurting religious sentiments and attempting to aggravate communal divisions.'
• Follower of Bhindranwala: Reportedly, Honey Mahajan, the President of Shiv Sena, on 2 October 2022, urged the government to arrest Amritpal Singh for his 'seditious activities' and promoting the idea of forming a separate Sikh state just like the militant leader of the Sikh organization Damdami Taksal Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale. On 7 October 2022, Amritpal Singh's Twitter account was banned for his remarks on pro-Khalistani tweets; moreover, the Ministry of Home Affairs instructed the state government to keep an eye on Amritpal's activities.
• Destroying the Properties of a Gurudwara: In December 2022, the members of the Waris Punjab De group led by Amritpal Singh, while visiting various gurudwaras, set fire to the furniture of a gurdwara in Biharipur village in protest against the seating arrangement after Amritpal questioned the practice of keeping chair in a room where the holy book was kept. He argued with the people of the Gurdwara management committee and said that it was against Sikh Rehat Maryada, which defines the code of conduct and conventions for Sikhism.
• Removed from Instagram: After being banned from Twitter, Amritpal Singh's Instagram account was earased from worldwide in December 2022 for unknown reasons.
• On the run: On 18 March 2023, Punjab police launched a crackdown against Amritpal Singh and his supporters and arrested many persons related to Waris Punjab De (WPD); however, Amritpla Singh was reported to be at large following which a massive statewide Cordon and Search Operations (CASO) was launched by the police and paramilitary forces. According to the police, nine weapons, including one .315 bore rifle, seven rifles of 12 bore, one revolver, and 373 live cartridges of different caliber were recovered during the statewide operation. The Tribune
• NSA invoked On 21 March 2023, the Punjab government told the Punjab and Haryana High Court that the National Security Act has been invoked against absconding Waris Punjab De chief Amritpal Singh. Hindustan Times
• Arrest in Punjab: On 23 April 2023, Amritpal Singh was nabbed by Punjab Police at a gurudwara situated in Rode village of Moga district in Punjab. According to sources, Amritpal, before his arrest, delivered a speech to his followers at the same gurudwara, where he claimed that all the accusations made against him were false and he was resolved to contest each one of them. The Quint Amritpal Singh, at the gurudwara, said,
I might be guilty in the court of the world, but I'm not guilty in the court of God. After one month, I have decided that I will continue the fight here, I will face all the fake cases against me here...I have decided to surrender today. My arrest is not the end, it is just the beginning. If God helps, all the false cases against me will be quashed."
|Relationships & More|
|Marriage Date||10 February 2023|
|Wife/Spouse||Kirandeep Kaur (physiotherapist)
|Parents||Father- Tarsem Singh
Mother- Balwinder Kaur
|Siblings||He has twin sisters and an elder brother.|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Amritpal Singh
- Amritpal Singh is an Indian activist who became the second leader of ‘Waris Punjab De,’ an organisation formed by Deep Sidhu with the aim to fight for social justice and preserve the rights and culture of Punjab, in 2022. Amritpal was appointed as the Chief of Waris Punjab De following the death of the Indian actor, barrister, and activist Deep Sidhu in a road accident.
- Amritpal Singh, after completing his studies till class 10th, enrolled himself on a polytechnic course in Kapurthala, Punjab; however, he did not complete the course.
- In 2012, Amritpal shaved his beard, cut his hair, and moved to Dubai, where he joined his family’s transport business, Sandhu Cargo Transport company.
- Following the death of Deep Sidhu, a Punjabi actor-turned-activist and the founder of the ‘Waris Punjab De’ organisation, in a road accident near Sonepat on the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal highway on 15 February 2022, Amritpal Singh was appointed as the leader of the organisation.
- On 20 August 2022, he returned to India from Dubai to take over the charge of Waris Punjab De. It is claimed that Amritpal never met Deep Sidhu, but they interacted through social media only. The Quint
- Amritpal’s uncle Harjit Singh, in an interview, talked about Amritpal’s return to Punjab from Dubai and revealed that when Amritpal, along with his friends, decided to cut his hair, his family was disappointed with his decision as in Sikhism, there is a practice of keeping long uncut hair. Amritpal, however, took Amrit (holy water) after returning to his village in Punjab from Dubai and pledged to follow Sikhism in the right manner. Amritpal’s uncle Harjit Singh talked about this in the interview and said,
- In an interview, Amritpal Singh revealed that initially, he used to be aggressive but returning to his village in Punjab and adapting to the culture and teaching of Sikhism made him a completely changed man with a calm nature. Amritpal Singh said,
- On 29 September 2022, Amritpal Singh was declared the chief of the ‘Waris Punjab De’ group at the ‘Dastarbandi’ (turban-tying ceremony), the one-year anniversary of the founding of the organisation.
- During his leadership at the ‘Waris Punjab De’ organisation, Amritpal led many events including an event organised in the native village of slain Khalistani militant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale on the occasion of the 29th anniversary of the installation of ‘Waris Punjab De’ in which he addressed the gathering and asked them not to feel independent unless they take revenge for Bhindranwale’s killing. He even tried instigating communal tension by calling Sikhs ‘slaves’ of Hindus and promoting the ‘Sikh rule’ while addressing people at the event in Roda village. Amritpal said,
We all (Punjabis) are still slaves. Those who think we are ‘azad’ (free), should consult a doctor. We have to fight for freedom. Our waters are being looted. Our Guru is being disrespected. Those who indulge in sacrilege, will not be handed over to police or sent to courts. Ohda sodha laguga (we will punish them).” The Indian Express
- Many media outlets and people compare his traditional dress and demeanour to Bhindranwale and often mention him as ‘Bhindranwale 2.0.’ He has posed holding an arrow, appearing to imitate the slain leader Bhindranwale.
- In 2022, the leader of the Waris Punjab De organisation Amritpal Singh initiated an anti-drug campaign with the aim of making Punjab a drug-free state. He was credited for this initiative by various people. Amritpal, in 2022, attended an event named ‘Amrit Sanchar,’ the initiation rite introduced by Guru Gobind Singh when he founded the Khalsa in 1699, organised by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) at Akal Takht Gurudwara in Punjab. In an interview, he expressed his thoughts on making Punjab a drug-free state and said that the consumption of drugs could be minimised with the help of Amrit Sanchar and promoting Sikhism.
- Amritpal Singh initiated the ‘Amrit Parchaar’ campaign to encourage people to take Amrit (holy water) and become part of Khalsa Sikhs. The campaign was first organised in Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan, where around 647 people took Amrit and became part of Khalsa Sikhs. Later, the campaign was held in Amritsar, making around 1,027 Sikhs and Hindus come across India to take Amritpan and become Khalsa Sikhs. Another campaign started by Amritpal was the ‘Ghar Wapsi’ campaign, where 927 Sikhs, Hindus, and Christians in Anandpur Sahib took Amrit, making headlines in newspapers; the Haryana Gurudwara Parbhandak Committee under the Haryana Government supported Amritpal Singh’s campaign.
- On 23 November 2022, the ‘Waris Punjab De’ organisation started the ‘Khalsa Vehir’ campaign to promote anti-drug, Amrit Parchaar, and Ghar Wapsi campaigns. Amritpal, along with the members of the organisation, visited Akal Takht gurdwara in Amritsar, Punjab, passing through the villages and cities of Anandpur Sahib, Nawanshahr, Macchiwara, Ludhiana, Phillaur, Phagwara, Jalandhar, Nakodar, Sultanpur Lodhi, Zira, Harike and Amritsar.
- According to Deep Sidhu’s brother Mandeep Sidhu, Amritpal Singh took over the leadership of the ‘Waris Punjab De’ organisation illegally. In an interview, Mandeep Singh claimed that Deep Sidhu was not friends with Amritpal, and he somewhere disliked him. Mandeep added that Deep had blocked Amritpal’s number. While talking about this in an interview, Mandeep Singh said,
An impression is being given that Deep Sidhu had groomed Amritpal and our family is a party to the decision to appoint Amritpal as the head. However, this is not true. In fact, Deep never talked about Amritpal and seemed he disliked him. He had blocked Amritpal’s phone for 15 days in January and February.” The Tribune
- According to Amritpal Singh, he could cite the tales of historical struggles and injustices against Sikhs despite no formal religious education. ThePrint
- Amritpal, in an interview, talked about his inspiration and revealed that he looks up to Bhindranwale, a militant and leader of the Sikh organization ‘Damdami Taksal’ and the protagonist of the Khalistan movement, as his “inspiration.” He added that he would walk on the path shown by Bhindranwale and be like him. While talking about his inspiration in the interview, Amritpal said,
Bhindranwale is my inspiration. I will walk the path shown by him. I want to be like him because that’s what every Sikh wants, but I am not copying him. I am not even equal to dust of his feet.” Financial Express