A local court has acquitted Babbar Khalsa militant Jagtar Singh Hawara in an attempt-to-murder case registered at Chamkaur Sahib police station 25 years back.
The police had registered a case under Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), and 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) of the IPC, Sections 25, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act, Sections 3, 4 and 5 of the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act and the Explosives Act on September 22, 1991 at Chamkaur Sahib police station regarding firing on the police party in Chamkaur Sahib area.
The police had claimed the recovery of arms, ammunition and explosives from the site of the alleged ‘encounter’. Hawara was also made an accused in the case.
After the completion of the hearing which was held through video-conferencing from Tihar Jail, Delhi, the court of additional sessions judge, Rupnagar, Sunita Kumari Sharma, acquitted Hawara.
Earlier on February 24, Hawara was acquitted in a case of murder of a gurdwara granthi at Chamkaur Sahib in 1988.
Hawara, a convict in the assassination of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh, is still facing trial in three other cases at Rupnagar courts, including a case relating to assassination bid on controversial Piara Singh Bhaniarewala.