Khalistan Tiger Force terrorist Jagtar Singh Tara (42) after his sensational escape from Burail Jail in 2004 went to Pakistan and got training from the neighbouring country’s intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), claimed the UT police.
Submitting the challan in a local court on Tuesday against Tara, the operation cell of the Chandigarh Police has chargesheeted him under Sections 121 (attempting to wage war, against the Government of India), 121 A (conspiracy to commit offences punishable inder Section 121), 123 (concealing with intent to facilitate design to wage war), beside others.
On the basis on which the charge of waging of war has been included in the challan, the public prosecutor said the same has been included on the basis of a first information report (FIR) lodged against the accused in Bathinda on November 8, 2014, for his alleged involvement in unlawful activities and was booked under respective sections of Arms act and Explosive Act.
Police said that one of his aides arrested by Punjab Police revealed that Tara got training in subversive activities from the ISI in Pakistan.
The court, however, said police application seeking remand of the accused had been dismissed in the past. It is pertinent to mention that Punjab and Haryana high court in April 2005 in its order made it clear that even against the escapee accused (including Tara), a categorical finding was recorded that offence of waging war against the state was not made out.
Meanwhile, supporting their contention, police have contended that after his escape from Model Jail Burail, Tara took training from ISI agents in Pakistan and supplied arms and ammunition to different parts of Punjab.
According to the police, Tara in his statement has admitted that he recruited youths to strengthen his organisation Babbar Khalsa International (BKI). Tara was living in Pakistan as Gurmeet Singh as per the identity card recovered by the police.
Tara has been chargesheeted under Sections 121, 121A, 123, 217, 221, 222, 223, 224, 452, 457 and 120-B of the IPC.
Documents supporting challan
1) Identity card Tara used in Pakistan
2) Tara’s passport and Thailand visa
3) Foreign currency recovered from him
4) List of 28 witnesses, including DSP posted in Patiala Harshdeep Singh, deputy superintendent Model Jail Burail Subhash to prove seizure memo and Rajbir Singh of Hisar who worked as labourer during combing of the jail area after Tara and others escaped
5) Copies of six FIRs lodged against Tara —two in Jalandhar in 2009 and 2012; one in Patiala in 2009; one in Bathinda in year 2014 and one in Chandigarh in connection with the jailbreak case in 2004.
Arrested 11 years after escape
Tara was arrested from Thialand in January this year, 11 years after he escaped in 2004 from Burail jail. Convicted for life in former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh’s assassination case, he was deported from Bangkok and brought to India on January 16, 2015 by a team of Punjab Police. He was arrested in a joint operation of central agencies and Thailand police.
Tara, along with Jagtar Singh Hawara, Paramjit Singh Bheora and Devi Singh, who used to cook for them in the jail, had made a sensational escape from Burail jail by digging around 109-foot-long tunnel in January 2004.
Tara was arrested in 1996 after a human bomb killed Beant Singh and 12 members of his staff. Tara, who was a member of militant group Babbar Khalsa at the time of the assassination and had latter joined the Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF), was hiding in Pakistan for several years after his escape, before going to Thailand.