On death row since 2001, a high-profile Tihar prison inmate inched a step closer to shifting to a jail home.
The request application of suspected Khalistan Liberation Force (KLF) operative Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar (convicted to death in 2001 by the Supreme Court for his role in a 1993 Delhi blast) seeking a transfer to an Amritsar prison on humanitarian grounds, has been forwarded to the Punjab state government, said a jail source on condition of anonymity.
“The Delhi state government, which had received Bhullar’s request via Tihar jail authorities, has forwarded his application to the Punjab government’s home department for consideration,” the source added.
Along with Bhullar, Dec 2001 Parliament attack case convict Muhammed Afzal Guru — convicted to death by the
apex court in 2004 — too had sought a transfer to a jail in Jammu and Kashmir (“preferably in Kashmir”), as reported by Hindustan Times on March 31.
The Delhi government is yet to forward Guru’s request to the J&K government.
Bhullar and Afzal are lodged at sub-jail number 3 at Tihar prison.
Bhullar’s mercy petition is pending since 2003, Guru’s since 2006.
The convict duo’s request applications, according to the source, said that their transfer to jails in their native states would help their families stay in touch with them.
Bhullar’s relatives, including mother Upkar Kaur, are based in Punjab while Guru’s wife Tabassum, son Ghalib and brother Hilal are based in Srinagar.
The duo’s request applications, drafted by their respective lawyers, have referred to a central law — Transfer of Prisoners Act, 1950.