Aide of Amritpal Singh in limelight, one was ‘close to son of former Pakistan army chief’

Daljit Singh Kalsi, a key aide of fugitive Sikh extremist Amritpal Singh, is reportedly close to the son of former Pakistan Army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa. Saad Bajwa’s Dubai-based company allegedly used to finance Kalsi.

Sources further told News18 Hindi that a “big financier” from Delhi’s Subhash Chowk also worked for Kalsi. Daljit Singh Kalsi, a resident of Punjabi Bagh, had gone to Dubai two months ago, where arrangements for his stay were made by Khalistani terrorist Landa Harike.

Who is Landa Harike?

Landa Harike (33) is also known as Lakhbir Singh. He was named as the key handler of the rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) attack on the intelligence headquarters of the Punjab Police in Mohali on May 9 last year.

He is facing 18 criminal cases including murder, attempt to murder and drug trafficking in Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Moga and Ferozepur districts. The Punjab Police had last registered a case against Landa on kidnapping charges in Moga in May 2016, after which he had fled to Canada.

The sources also said that Kalsi was in touch with the Pakistani intelligence agency ISI. He is also revealed to have links with a close gangster of the Bambiha gang.

What is Bambiha gang?

The Bambiha gang came into limelight when the Lawrence Bishnoi gang claimed responsibility for the murder of Congress leader and Punjabi rapper Sidhu Moose Wala. The Bambiha gang was plotting to kill Punjabi singers Babbu Maan and Mankirat Aulakh to avenge the killing of Moose Wala, when four of its members were caught by the Punjab Police.

According to the Bambiha gang, Mankirat Aulakh is involved in the murder. The Bambiha gang was run by Davinder Bambiha, whose real name was Davinder Singh Sidhu. A popular kabaddi player and sharpshooter, he was from Bambiha Bhai village in Moga district of Punjab.

In 2010, while pursuing an arts degree, Bambiha was arrested for a murder in the village and sent to jail. At the age of 21, he escaped from jail and formed a gang and became one of the most wanted criminals in Punjab in 2012.

However, Davinder Bambiha was killed in an encounter in Bathinda district in September 2016 at the age of 26. The work of the Bambiha gang continues. Davinder’s close aides Dilpreet and Sukhpreet are now commanding the operation from jail.

Who is Daljit Singh Kalsi?

Kalsi is considered close to Amritpal Singh. A Hindustan Times report carried a photograph of him handing over a memorandum against India to the Consul General of Pakistan at the Sikh separatist center in Vancouver, Canada.

He has been detained under section 3(2) of the National Security Act. Kalsi has accompanied the fake leader of the so-called Waris de Punjab movement in his public appearances after Amritpal’s arrival in India on August 20, 2022.

Kalsi, a resident of West Punjabi Bagh, is said to be an actor and writer. He is allegedly behind the appointment of Amritpal as the “Mukh Sevadar” of ‘Waris De Punjab’ after the death of Sandeep Singh alias Deep Sidhu in an accident on February 15, 2022.

Other associates of Amritpal are Papalpreet Singh and Varinder Singh.

Who is Papalpreet Singh?

Papalpreet is said to be Amritpal’s media advisor. In the latest video, he is seen overtaking Amritpal from Kurukshetra in Haryana. A report in Indian Express states that through these clips, the investigating agencies are trying to establish the trail of Amritpal and Papalpreet.

The IE report quoted sources as saying that Papalpreet had claimed to be a video journalist and activist. It was also learned that he had joined Simranjit Singh Mann’s party Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) in 2017 but left within nine months.

Who is Varinder Singh?

Another associate of Amritpal Singh, who was arrested recently, is Varinder Singh. He is a resident of Johal Raju Singh Wala village, which comes under Patti subdivision of Tarn Taran district.

Varinder used to work as gunman of Amritpal Singh. He was sent to Assam’s Dibrugarh jail on Monday following the invocation of the National Security Act (NSA) in the Ajnala violence case.

Earlier, the police had canceled the arms license of Varinder. Police said he is a retired constable from the Indian Army, and is also known by the pseudonym “Fauji”.