Claiming false implication in the infamous Burail jailbreak case, Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) India operations chief Paramjit Singh Bheora said “he is innocent”.
While recording his statement before the court of chief judicial magistrate Anubhav Sharma on Wednesday, Bhoera said he was innocent and falsely implicated in the case.
Denying the prosecution’s allegations that he had escaped from the Burail jail, along with BKI chief Jagtar Singh Hawara and two other accomplices - Jagtar Singh Tara and Devi Singh - in January 2004, by digging a tunnel, Bheora claimed that it was a false case registered against him.
The case will now come up for hearing on August 13.
COURT TURNS INTO FORTRESS
Considering the security threat, Bheora was produced before the court amid high security. He was brought from Tihar Jail, where he is currently lodged in connection with a Delhi bomb blast case.
HAWARA FAILS TO APPEAR
Citing ill health and doctor’s advice against travelling, Jagtar Singh Hawara failed to appear before the court for recording his statement. The court has to record his statement for which his personal appearance is mandatory and thus production warrants have been issued once again. Till now, he had been appearing through videoconferencing.
Hawara, Bheora and two of their other accomplices - Jagtar Singh Tara and Devi Singh - had escaped from Burail jail in January 2004 by digging a tunnel. Hawara and Bheora were arrested from Delhi, while Tara and Singh are still absconding.
Hawara and Bheora have also been convicted in the former chief minister Beant Singh’s assassination case.
Other accused in the case are jail superintendent DS Rana, dismissed deputy jail superintendents DS Sandhu and Ved Mittar Gill, dismissed assistant jail superintendent PS Rana, two former jail warders, two former CRPF constables on guard duty on the day of the incident, four jail inmates, who were allegedly involved in the conspiracy, including Pakistan spy Abid Mehmood, and Subeg Singh, Nand Singh and Lakhwinder Singh and Gurnam Singh.
Narain Singh Chaura, who formed the now-inactive terrorist group Khalistan Liberation Army, was allegedly the main conspirator in the case.