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Kin reluctant to stand surety, terrorist still behind bars

chandigarh Updated: Jul 04, 2013 17:56 IST
HT Correspondent

Despite getting bail in the Arms Act case registered against him, 70-year-old terrorist Santokh Singh Bajwa is still languishing behind bars and the terrorist as no one is willing to stand surety for him to facilitate his release.

Bajwa was wanted in a bomb blast that took place in a Haryana Roadways bus near Kurukshetra in 1985. He was arrested by the UT police in February 2013 after being on the run for about 27 years.

The police have already filed a chargesheet against him last month in court. After the filing of chargesheet, Bajwa had applied for bail which was accepted by the court.

Despite getting bail Bajwa is still behind bars as no relative or family members is willing to provide surety for him in court as they fear he might elope once released on bail. Bajwa is wanted in a number of cases.

He was booked by the police under various sections of Arms Act after the police had recovered a .30-bore loaded pistol with five cartridges in the magazine on him.

During a search of the car the police also recovered, a 12 bore rifle, two cartridges and a magazine with 19 cartridges of .30-bore pistol were recovered.

A laptop, a video-camera, a CD and three video tapes were also seized by the police at time of his arrest.

Bajwa, a resident of Adhoi village in Kurukshetra district of Haryana, has been a national-level athlete and has served as an ASI in the Punjab police for over one year in 1963.

Bajwa had been living under a fake identity as Balwant Singh in Shalai village, near Paonta Sahib, Himachal Pradesh, before his arrest. He had had also procured a fake driver's licence and a fake press card of a freelance journalist.

Police had nabbed him as he was going to Kharar in his car bearing a registration number of Delhi to meet someone.