Around a dozen residents from the native village of Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar, the Khalistani militant convicted in the 1993 Delhi bomb blast case, left for Amritsar early Friday, after he was shifted to the Amritsar central jail from Tihar Jail. Bhullar has been outside the state for around two decades.
The shifting has once again given a new life to the hopes of villagers to bring Bhullar to his ancestral house at Dialpura Bhai Ka.
“The family has suffered a lot. Now there should be closure to this chapter and Bhullar should be released to live a normal life,” said Gurbachan Singh, one of his relatives.
“We are very happy that Bhullar has been shifted to Amritsar. It was almost impossible to meet him at the Tihar Jail. Procedure to meet him was tedious and there was no guarantee that the authorities would allow you to meet him after completing all the formalities,” he further said.
“But now we are hopeful that Punjab government will relax norms to meet Bhullar and we all will be able to meet him. We want to meet him as soon as possible,” said Gurbachan.
“Around 15 people who were in blood relation to Bhullar died in hope of seeing him for the last time. I am particularly sad about his paternal aunt who used to clean his closed house every day in the hope that one day he would return one day. She died four months back. She could not see his return to Punjab,” said Sarabjit Kaur, the niece of the convict.
Villagers started gathering at Bhullar’s house which remains closed. The door was open and villagers sat at the main door of the house. Relatives sat in front of a television in hope to get latest news about his arriving in Punjab.
“Bhullar’s house often saddens us. But today we have a reason to smile,” said Amarjit Kaur, a neighbour of Bhullar.
“We thank all political parties and the media for their support in bringing Bhullar back to Punjab. There are only few leaders like Ravneet Singh Bittu and Manjinder Singh Bitta who have been opposing Bhullar for nothing. If he has really committed some crime, then he has already got punishment for that. What more Bittu and Bitta want from Bhullar? Leave him for God sake,” said Gurbachan.
Local residents claim that the police had taken everything from Hullar’s house when was on the run.