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Murder convict who jumped parole held near Karnal

A murder convict who had jumped parole about a year ago was arrested on Tuesday night near Karnal. Interestingly, Rajinder Singh was granted parole by Rohtak divisional commissioner despite strong recommendations by the district police to the contrary, it was learnt.

chandigarh Updated: Jul 11, 2012 19:27 IST
Vishal Joshi

A murder convict who had jumped parole about a year ago was arrested on Tuesday night near Karnal. Interestingly, Rajinder Singh was granted parole by Rohtak divisional commissioner despite strong recommendations by the district police to the contrary, it was learnt.


Convict Rajinder Singh alias Navjot Sidhu was involved in at least nine serious crimes in Haryana and Madhya Pradesh, including fatally shooting a security guard during a robbery attempt at State Bank of India branch at Ghraunda in the district in 2003.

He was arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment by a local court in 2007.

In March 2011, Rajinder applied for parole on the plea that he had to get admitted his children in schools.

SP Shashank Anand said on Wednesday that the then SP had strongly objected to the parole application. "Police investigation revealed that his children -- two daughters and two sons -- were studying at government school at their native Guniyana village. "There seems no justification for parole. Moreover, the convict is a hardcore criminal and should not have been granted parole," read the strongly-worded police's response to the parole application.

However, overruling police objections, the divisional commissioner sanctioned the parole in May last year from May 9 to June 7, 2011.

Rajinder later jumped parole and escaped to Shivpuri in MP and started living under the guise of a Sikh and adopted an alias Navjot Sidhu. He again took to crime in Karnal and Kurukshetra district.
"It is a serious matter and I will soon write to the DGP to get the matter investigated as to why and how police's objections were overruled by the competent authority," said SP Anand, who joined office in May last.