Former minister Bibi Jagir Kaur got a warm welcome from her supporters the moment she stepped out of the Kapurthala modern jail on Friday evening, a day after the high court granted her bail in her daughter Harpreet Kaur's abduction and forcible abortion case.
More than a thousand supporters from Bholath and nearby areas gathered outside the jail to receive her. Jagir Kaur was greeted with fireworks and 'dhol' beats as soon as she walked out of the jail at around 6 pm after spending six months and three days behind the bars. Raising slogans in her favour, her supporters danced to dhol beats and vied with each other to come close to her.
The Akali leader was sentenced to five years of rigorous imprisonment on March 30 by a CBI special court on the charges of abducting and illegally confining her daughter and forcibly aborting her foetus.
There was a heavy rush outside the jail as people started gathering there since afternoon. Their wait ended at about 5.45 pm when her lawyer reached the jail premises with the release orders issued by the CBI special court in Patiala.
"I am indebted for the trust the people of my area and dera premis have shown in me during my imprisonment. This is unprecedented. People will remember the welcome I got today for years to come," she said, while addressing the gathering from an open jeep.
Jagir Kaur said that during her stay in prison, she never felt she was away from home. "From now on, I will try to serve the people of my constituency with renewed vigour. Everybody is invited to a 'kirtan darbar' being organised at Begowal on November 11 to mark the 'shukrana diwas' (thanksgiving day)," she said.
A langar of 'jalebis' and bananas was also arranged for her supporters outside the jail premises.
Jagir Kaur's son-in-law Bhupinder Singh and close associates Swaran Singh Josh and Paramjeet Singh Raipur were also there to receive her.
She left for Begowal in a convoy of over 200 vehicles as people holding garlands were lined up on both sides of the road to welcome her.