SGPC chief Makkar meets Bhullar, demands his permanent release

  • Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Jul 10, 2015 09:02 IST
SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkar in conversation with Navneet Kaur, wife of terror convict Davinder Pal Singh Bhullar, at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital in Amritsar on Thursday. Sameer Sehgal/HT

Promising the best of legal help, Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) president Avtar Singh Makkar on Thursday met terror convict Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar and demanded his permanent release.

Makkar, who reached the hospital in the afternoon along with Takht Keshgarh Sahib jathedar Giani Mal Singh, first had a brief meeting with Bhullar's wife Navneet Kaur and then met him.

Demanding the permanent release of Bhullar, Makkar said, "The SGPC has always fought for the cause of Sikh prisoners who have spent decades in jails. We welcome the move to shift both Bhullar and Khera to Punjab. I strongly feel people like Bhullar must be released immediately."

Makkar said, "I have come here because the SGPC was concerned about the issue and we are ready to provide all help. Whatever the family wants, we will provide. The SGPC is also ready to offer legal aid and can arrange the best of lawyers if the family wants."

Makkar also credited chief minister Parkash Singh Badal for bringing back the Sikh prisoners to Punjab. Various people were working towards this but the chief minister played a big role."

After meeting Bhullar, Makkar said he seemed better but could not talk much.

Will apply for parole only after health is better

After talking to Makkar, Bhullar's wife Navneet Kaur said, "The priority at this time is to ensure that the health of my husband improves. He is recovering and things are better after he was shifted to Punjab. We will apply for parole only once his health improves."

On Friday, he had a surgery as he had back pain and is better now, she claimed.

Special permission to Makkar

As visitors are allowed to meet Bhullar only on Friday or Saturday, as per the jail manual, Makkar was allowed to meet Bhullar under a special permission from the authorities of the Amritsar central jail.

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