Former Sikh militant Waryam Singh (70) sentenced to life imprisonment under the now repealed Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevent) Act (TADA) was released on 30-day parole from the Bareilly Central Jail on Thursday, after having spent 25 years and eight months in jail.
“For the first time in 25 years, I will be meeting my family outside the jail premises. I thank UP jails minister Balwant Singh Ramoowalia,” said Waryam, adding that the minister had met him during his visit to the jail on Tuesday.
“I am confident that soon I will be permanently released from jail. I have spent 25 years of my life in jail for doing nothing. I want to be free now,” Waryam added before leaving for his home with his younger son Jagdish Singh, who had travelled from Shahjahanpur, around 100-km away, to receive his father.
Waryam was arrested from his village in Tanda block of Shahjahanpur in 1990 and was charged under Section 120-B (criminal conspiracy). “I was charged under TADA only in 1994 even as I have never been involved in any terrorist activity,” claimed Waryam.