Beant Singh's assassin out on parole

Chandigarh, Dec 26 : Gurmeet Singh, convicted in the assassination case of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh, has been released on parole for 28 days.

"His parole comes after the Punjab government gave in to the pressure mounted by Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa, an activist who was on fast for the past 41 days," reported CNN-IBN on Thursday.

"Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa, a millitant turned activist, will end his fast today at Golden Temple in Amritsar following assurances that efforts will be made to release other prisioners who have served out the regular life imprisonment," the news channel said.

Beant Singh was assassinated in a bomb blast at the secretariat complex in Chandigarh on August 31, 1995.

The blast claimed the lives of 17 others including 3 Indian commandos.

Beant Singh was accompanied by his close friend Ranjodh Singh Mann on the day of assassination.

Dilawar Singh Babbar of Babbar Khalsa International acted as the suicide bomber; later, the standby bomber Balwant Singh Rajoana was also convicted for the killing.

In 2012, a Chandigarh court sentenced Balwant Singh to death. A number of Sikhs protested against the decision, and campaigned to stop the execution of Balwant Singh Rajoana

. On 28 March 2012 the Government Of India stayed the execution of Rajoana after Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal met President Pratibha Patil seeking clemency for him.

--IBNS (Posted on 26-12-2013)

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