Ten months after transfer from Karnataka, former militant Gurdeep Singh Khera was on Friday released on six-week parole from the central jail in Amritsar.
Khera (55) was in Karnataka’s Gulbarga jail from 1990 to June 2015. He belongs to Jallupur Khera village near Rayya in Amritsar district. Confirming the release, central jail superintendent Daljit Singh Bhatti, said: “He was out at 5pm. All parole documents had come to the jail authorities on Tuesday.”
Khera is second former militant shifted to Amritsar from outside Punjab. Earlier, 1993 bomb blast convict Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar was brought over from New Delhi. He is under psychiatric treatment at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital. Khera was booked under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (TADA) Prevention Act and, later, sentenced to life imprisonment in two different cases registered in 1996, in New Delhi and Bider in Karnataka.
Jail sources in Amritsar have said that Khera was convicted of murder and violation of the explosives Act.
Dal Khalsa happy
Welcoming the release of Gurdeep Singh Khera, Sikh radical organisation Dal Khalsa said it was his right and “the state government should not pat itself on the back for this”.