Jail norms thrown to the winds, visitors allowed to meet Bhullar

  • Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Jun 15, 2015 13:41 IST

Even as the jail authorities have fixed Saturday and Tuesday for visitors to meet 1993 Delhi bomb blast convict Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar, who is undergoing treatment at the psychiatry ward of Guru Nanak Dev Hospital here, police on Sunday allowed a number of visitors to meet him.

On Friday, when Bhullar was admitted to the hospital after being shifted from Delhi, the jail authorities and police officials claimed that the visitors could meet Bhullar only on Saturday and Tuesday between 12 noon to 1pm as per the jail norms.

Notwithstanding the jail norms, police on Saturday allowed many visitors to meet Bhullar even after the stipulated time. On Sunday too, visitors were spotted at the psychiatry ward and later police allowed them to meet Bhullar.

Police claimed that they allowed only seven people to meet Bhullar on Saturday after they staged a dharna outside the ward.

“We explained the situation to Amritsar central jail superintendent RK Sharma, who allowed the meeting under special powers,” claimed police.

As many as 10 people met Bhullar on Sunday afternoon, including Damdami Taksal chief Baba Harnam Singh Dhumma and Sikh preacher of Malwa belt Baljit Singh Daduwal.

Bhullar’s wife Navneet Kaur also met him on Sunday.

When contacted, additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP, crime) JS Walia, who is responsible for the security at the hospital, said: “The visitors were allowed to meet Bhullar on Sunday after the permission of the jail superintendent. We are not allowing anybody to meet him without the jail superintendent’s permission.”

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