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Amritpal’s wife stopped from leaving country for UK, 3rd time since April | Amritsar News

AMRITSAR: Kirandeep Kaur, wife of incarcerated ‘Waris Punjab De’ chief Amritpal Singh, was not allowed to leave the country on Wednesday – the third time since April 20, when she first tried to fly to the UK. Officials stopped her from flying out of Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Kirandeep, a British national who got married to Amritpal at Jallupur Khera village gurdwara in Punjab’s Amritsar district on February 10, says she can only stay in India for 180 days at a stretch. The Indian visa rules mandate that the maximum stay by a foreigner in India in one calendar year is restricted to 180 days. When contacted, Kirandeep said her stay of 180 days in India will be completed on July 20 and she needs to leave the country by that date, going by the Indian visa rules.

Kirandeep said she had booked her ticket exactly a month in advance after confirming with police officials that everything was clear but was asked to wait until July 18. “Unfortunately, today, I was stopped again,” she said. After not being allowed to leave the country, Kirandeep now plans to apply for an extension to her visa on Thursday but is apprehensive that it may not be granted and she could be deported to the UK, making her return tougher. Kirandeep was first stopped from leaving the country at Amritsar’s Sri Guru Ram Das Ji International Airport on April 20, just three days before her husband was finally arrested on April 23. Then, on July 14 and now on Wednesday, she was stopped from flying out of IGIA. On all three occasions, she was scheduled to travel to the UK, her home country. Sources said Kirandeep was stopped as there were reports of Khalistani elements planning a ceremony in the UK to honour the self-styled UK head of the Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF), Avtar Singh Khanda, who passed away in a Birmingham hospital on June 15. He was believed to be very close to Amritpal, who has been lodged in Assam’s Dibrugarh jail along with his aides under the National Security Act (NSA). Sources said intelligence agencies felt that Kirandeep could deliver inflammatory speeches in the UK, potentially fuelling hatred against India. BJP leader backs Kirandeep Throwing his weight behind Kirandeep Kaur, Sikh BJP leader and an adviser to National Commission for Minorities Sarchand Khayala said stopping her from travelling to England to be with her family was a violation of her dignity and human rights. Khayala said it was a matter of concern that the Punjab government had issued an alleged lookout notice against a person without any specific case and without any involvement in any illegal activities.