The Punjab government on Saturday approved the parole of 1993 Delhi bomb blast convict Devinderpal Singh Bhullar. The move comes a day after it released former militant Gurdeep Singh Khera on parole, Bhullar, who was brought to Amritsar from New Delhi last year, was admitted to the psychiatry ward of the local Guru Nanak Hospital since then.
Talking to HT, Amritsar deputy commissioner Varun Roojam said, “We have approved Bhullar’s 28-day parole.”
However, Bhullar was still in the hospital till the filing of the report with police guarding his ward. His supporters had gathered outside the ward.
Before being shifted to Amritsar, Bhullar was admitted to the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences in New Delhi as he was suffering from depression.
After being brought to Amritsar, Bhullar was first rushed to the central jail from where he was shifted to the Guru Nanak Hospital. His family was allowed to regularly visit him at the hospital;.
Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwarpal Bittu said, “We welcome the parole being granted to Bhullar. He will be now able to spend some time with his family.”
Dr PD Garg, who is attending on Bhullar, said the latter was fit to go home.
The case file
1993: Blast outside AIYC headquarters in New Delhi kills nine. Bhullar, one of main accused, fleas to Germany
1995: Bhullar deported to India and arrested
2001: Trial court hands out death penalty to Bhullar, who is lodged in Tihar Jail
2012: Bhullar’s treatment for depression begins, shifted to a hospital in Delhi
2014: Supreme Court commutes his death sentence to life imprisonment
2015: Bhullar shifted to Amritsar hospital after SC accepts family’s plea
2016: State govt approves Bhullar’s parole