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Execution of Rajoana takes political overtones

chandigarh Updated: Mar 19, 2012 20:53 IST

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The execution of Balwant Singh Rajoana, a co-accused in the killing of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh in 1995, has taken political vertones in the state, with top leadership of main parties, SAD and Congress, treaded cautiously on the issue here on Monday.

Before the commencement of the first session of the assembly, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal was circumspect while replying to media queries on the issue.

"The crime has not taken place in Punjab. It happened in the Union Territory. So any decision on execution of Rajoana will have to be taken by the UT," Badal told reporters here while refusing to make any further remark on the issue.

However, Ravneet Singh Bittu, a Congress MP from Anandpur Sahib and grandson of late Beant Singh, demanded that Punjab government should immediately make its stand clear on the issue.

"Rajoana had never sought pardon...hence, there is no question of giving him relief," he said adding "I fail to understand why Punjab government is confused on the issue."

Punjab jails minister Sarwan Singh Phillaur said, "Any decision on the issue will be taken keeping in mind the law and verdict of the court."

Punjab Congress chief and former chief minister Amarinder Singh said that he was not clear on this legal issue and so he would first go into its detail before making any statement.

Meanwhile, Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh has convened a meeting of Sikh clergy at Amritsar on Tuesday to discuss the issue.