A Chandigarh court on Saturday (17 March) awarded life imprisonment to Jagtar Singh Tara, the assassin of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh.
The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge J S Sidhu pronounced the sentence in the high security jail located in Burail, Chandigarh, where the accused Khalistani terrorist is currently lodged, reports India Today.
According to the Tara’s counsel Simranjit Singh, the court has also imposed a fine of Rs 35,000 on Jagtar Singh Tara who has decided not to challenge the lower court’s decision in the High Court.
Booked under various sections of IPC including murder, attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy, the CBI lawyer had demanded gallos for Tara. The accused in a letter submitted to the court in January this year had confessed his involvement in the assassination of Beant Singh which took place on August 31, 1995.
Beant Singh was killed in a powerful explosion outside the Chandigarh Civil Secretariat along with 16 others. He was killed by a human bomb Dilawar Singh who was a Punjab police employee. Dilawar Singh had killed Beant Singh by blowing up his bullet-proof car.
Beant Singh was on the target of Babbar Khalsa International, a banned Khalistani terror outfit, who was made Punjab chief minister when other parties had boycotted the assembly elections. The killing was in retaliation to alleged human rights violations by the Punjab police.
The accused Jagtar Singh Tara was arrested in September 1995 from New Delhi. He was lodged in the Burail Jail till 2004 when he managed to break the jail and fled to Thailand. He was then arrested from Thailand in 2015 and lodged in Burail Jail.
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(Asia Samachar, 23 Oct 2017)