The district court complex at Sector 43 on Monday turned into a fortress due to the appearance of Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) terrorist Paramjit Singh Bheora in connection with the hearing of the jailbreak case.
The proceedings ended in just 10 minutes and about 300 cops were deployed on security duty to ensure that no untoward incident takes place. Bheora, who is convicted in the Beant Singh assassination case, was brought to the city from Delhi amidst high security arrangements, as the trial through video-conferencing in this case is yet to become a reality. The case was deferred to August 12.
BKI terrorists Bheora and his accomplice Jagtar Singh Hawara, convicted in the Beant Singh assassination case, were shifted from Burail jail, Chandigarh, to Tihar jail, New Delhi, for hearing in the bomb blasts case in New Delhi in 2004.
Hawara, however, had sought exemption from appearance here in connection to his appearance in New Delhi.
The arrangement made for appearance of Bhoera resulted in inconvenience to the public. Owing to security reasons, no vehicles were allowed to enter bus stand and barricades were put up around the court.
Hawara, Bheora and their two other accomplices -- Jagtar Singh Tara and Devi Singh -- had escaped from Burail jail in January 2004 by digging a tunnel. While Hawara and Bheora were arrested from Delhi, and the other two, Tara and Singh, are still absconding.
Other accused in the case are jail superintendent DS Rana, dismissed deputy jail superintendent 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 inmates of the jail, who were allegedly involved in the conspiracy, including Pakistan spy Abid Mehmood, Subeg Singh, Nand Singh and Lakhwinder Singh and Gurnam Singh.