Life-term convict Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar was on Friday brought to the central jail here from New Delhi amid tight security. He was medically examined by a five-member board of doctors set up by the jail authorities. On being found unfit to stay in prison, he was referred to the psychiatry ward of Guru Nanak Dev Hospital.
Shifted here on a request by his family, Bhullar looked underweight and hardly talked or looked towards the cameras.
Bhullar had been convicted and sentenced in the 1993 Delhi bomb blasts in which nine persons were killed and then Indian Youth Congress president Maninderjit Singh Bitta was injured. He is undergoing life imprisonment after the Supreme Court commuted his death sentence.
After a 45-minute stay on the jail premises, where he sat in the office of the jail superintendent, Bhullar was taken to the hospital. There, a three-member medical board headed by Dr PD Garg examined him and perused his medical reports, following which he was lodged in a room with AC and television.
Earlier, Bhullar entered the jail premises around 1.35pm in an ambulance of the Delhi prison department. He was taken to the hospital in a private Innova car.
The convict, who is suffering from acute depression, had been staying in the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences, New Delhi, for the past several years.
Confirming that Bhullar was under depression, Dr Garg said, “I asked him how he felt. He told me he was sad. We have closely examined him. His condition demands hospitalisation.”
“We cannot say for how long he can be kept in the hospital. It all depends on how he responds to medicines,” the doctor added.
Process for parole soon
As the Punjab government had shown interest in bringing Bhullar back to Punjab, sources claimed that procedures will soon start to grant him parole. Sources claimed that his family and his supporters will soon file an application to grant parole to Bhullar and it is highly certain that Punjab government grants it very soon.
Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwarpal Bittu, who met Bhullar in the central jail, said an application would be filed soon to seek parole for him.
Bittu said Bhullar looked calm and talked very less during his meeting in the jail.
Ambiguity over permission to meet
Rushing in from Canada, Navneet Kaur, wife of Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar met him in the psychiatry ward on the first floor of Swami Vivekanand De-addiction Center in the Guru Nanak Dev Hospital.
After a meeting of about 25 minutes, Navneet Kaur, said, “The family is happy that he has been shifted to Punjab. Their was inconvenience to go to Delhi every time. I have just reached and don’t have much to say.”
When asked that do they think that Bhullar’s condition will improve now, she just said, “All is in the hands of God.”
However their was ambiguity over the issue that was she having permission to meet Bhullar on Friday or not. Jail officials who were also present in the hospital were tightlipped over this issue.
They maintained ignorance even when repeatedly questioned.
Saturday, Tuesday fixed for meeting
As the Jail Administration is also closely monitoring the arrangements in hospital, it was decided that as per jail norms, visitors having permission can only meet him on Tuseday and Saturday (12 to 1: 00 PM).
A table will b placed at the entry of the premises where Bhullar is kept and record of visitors will be maintained.
Meanwhile, CCTV cameras are also being installed on the floor where Bhullart is being admitted.
Facilities at hospital
The room is under high surveillance with Punjab police personnel in heavy number deployed outside the room.
Police presence was in big number on the ground floor and main gates and everybody is not allowed to get in.