People witnessed a big scuffle drama in the court premises, when a group of five activists allegedly belonging to Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Suraksha Samiti (right wing) on Friday assaulted Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) terrorist, Jagtar Singh Hawara, convicted for assassinating former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh. The alleged right wing terrorist raised slogans before attacking Hawara.
Hawara and another terrorist Paramjit Singh Bheora were brought from Tihar Jail for their production in connection with the Burail Jail Beak Case in 2004. The duo was brought to the court premises amidst tight security, by the joint team of Delhi Police and Chandigarh Police.
The moment Hawara entered the gate of the district court complex, one of the right wing activists, President, Nishant Sharma, attacked him and tried to push him with his head following which Hawara also retaliated and slapped Sharma, and raised pro-kahalistan slogans.
Immediately the police intervened and took all the five attackers in custody and whisked them away to the police station. It is to mention that; right wing activist President Nishant Sharma is also a complainant against senior Punjab Police Service (PPS) officer of Punjab Police in a corruption case of CBI.
The incident put the role of intelligence agencies under scanner because the right wing activists had pointed sometime back that they would attack BKI terrorists in daylight someday.
The defence counsel has questioned the security arrangements laid by the governments for the accused.
Meanwhile, Hawara counsel Advocate Arvind Thakur, before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, JS Sidhu, filed an application stating "that the counsel for Hawara be given security who has been threatened to eliminate and an attempt to murder has also been made by the extremists of Hindu Surakasha Samiti."
Taking cognizance of the application by Hawara Counsel, the court has issued notice to the SSP Chandigarh, which would come up for hearing on December 12.
The case dates back to January 2004, when Hawara, Bheora and other two accomplices - Jagatar Singh Tara and Devi Singh, had escaped from Burail Jail by digging a tunnel. While Hawar and Bheora were arrested from Delhi, the other two Tara and Singh are still absconding.
Others who are accused in the case are jail superintendent DS Rana, dismissed deputy jail superintendent DS Sandhu and Ved Mittar Gill, dismissed assistant jail superintendent P S Rana, two former jail warders, two former CRPF constables on guard duty on the day of the incident, four inmates of the jail allegedly involved in the conspiracy including Pakistan spy Abid Mehmood, Subeg Singh, Nand Singh and Lakhwinder Singh and Gurnam Singh who allegedly facilitated the escape of the three of the nine accused in the Beant Singh assassination case along with a murder convict on the night of January 21-22.