Ex-militant Gurdeep Singh Khera, who is currently lodged in Karnataka’s Gulbarg jail, will be brought to the Amritsar central jail on June 25.
Khera, 55, is the second former terrorist to be brought to Punjab after 1993 blasts convict Devinderpal Singh Bullar, who was shifted to Amritsar from Delhi’s Tihar jail on June 12.
Khera, 55, a native of Jallupur Khera village in Amritsar, was booked under Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (TADA) Prevention Act and later sentenced to life imprisonment in two different cases registered in 1996 in New Delhi and Karnataka.
According to additional director general of police (ADGP) (jails), Raj Pal Meena, Khera’s transfer got delayed due to some security concerns pertaining to his mode of transportation from Karnataka. “We had some difficulty getting reservation. He now being brought under Karnataka Police protection by train and would be handed over to Amritsar central jail authorities on June 25,” said the ADGP.
Meena said all formalities regarding his transfer the ex-militant had been completed.
As per official records, Khera had petitioned the Karnataka government in December 2013, seeking transfer to Punjab. On December 12, 2014, the Punjab prison department had given a no-objection certificate to Karnataka prison authorities for transferring Khera from Gulbarga prison.
For the past 20 days, Punjab jail and home department functionaries had been pursuing Karnataka government officers to fast-track Khera's transfer, said sources.
Khera was handed out a life term under sections 3 and 6 of the TADA by a court in Bider on December 15 in 1991. As he was arrested on December 6, 1990, he has so far spent more than 24 years in jail. Khera has never been released from jail since the time of his arrest.
Sources reveal the Punjab government had facilitated the transfer of Bhullar and Khera to Amritsar central jail on humanitarian grounds so that both could stay close to their familiesy and get parole when required.
Meena, however, said the Punjab government has issued orders that granting of parole would be the prerogative and discretion of the district magistrate and the jail authorities have no role to either recommend or reject the same on any ground.