Amritpal Singh Sandhu: A Controversial Khalistani Separatist

Amritpal Singh Sandhu is an Indian Khalistani separatist and self-proclaimed Sikh preacher.

Sandhu lived in Dubai for a decade before returning to Punjab in September 2022.

Sandhu has controversially been appointed as the leader of Waris Punjab De, which advocates for a sovereign Sikh state.

Sandhu encourages youth to refrain from drugs and adopt a traditionalist form of Sikhism.

Indian intelligence sources claim that Sandhu has been supported by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

Sandhu has stockpiled arms and raised a private militia called Anandpur Khalsa Fauj (AKF).

The state government launched an intense crackdown on Sandhu and his associates in March 2023.

Amritpal Singh grew up in Jallupur Khera in the Amritsar district in a very religious Sikh family.

Sandhu dropped out of a mechanical engineering diploma course and has never completed it.

Sandhu worked in transportation in Dubai, became associated with Deep Sidhu, and supported the farmers' protest in India in 2019.

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