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Terrorist granted bail as case file yet to be traced

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, March 24, 2014
First Published: 23:32 IST(24/3/2014) | Last Updated: 23:34 IST(24/3/2014)





Additional district and session judge SS Sahni granted bail to 70-year-old terrorist, Santokh Singh Bajwa, against bail bonds of Rs. 50,000 here on Monday. Bajwa, who was declared a proclaimed offender (PO) in 1981 in the murder case of a Sector-34 resident, was granted bail as the file pertaining to the case is yet to be traced by the court.

Bajwa was wanted for a bomb blast that took place in a Haryana Roadways bus near Kurukshetra in 1985, murder case of a Sector-34 resident, and an arms case registered against him. He was arrested by the UT police in February, 2013, after being on the run for about 27 years.

"He has been behind bars for the past eight months, while the file pertaining to the case is not traceable. It is not clear whether he was charge sheeted in the murder case or not. Though, he had been acquitted last month in the bomb blast case. While the trial is pending in the case of Arms Act registered against him," said defence counsel AS Chahal.   

He was booked by the police under various sections of Arms Act after the police recovered a .30-bore loaded pistol with five cartridges from him. During a search of the car, the police had recovered a 12 bore rifle, two cartridges, and a magazine with 19 cartridges of .30-bore pistol. A laptop, a video-camera, a CD, and three video tapes were also seized by the police at the time of his arrest.
Bajwa, a resident of Adhoi village in Kurukshetra district of Haryana, has been a national-level athlete and has served as an assistant-sub inspector (ASI) in the Punjab police for over a year in 1963.

Bajwa had been living under a fake identity as Balwant Singh in Shalai village, near Paonta Sahib, Himachal Pradesh, before his arrest. He had also procured a fake driver's license and a fake press card of a freelance journalist.

The police nabbed him in February, 2013, when he was going to Kharar to meet someone in his car bearing a registration number of Delhi.

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