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HindustanTimes Sun,24 Aug 2014

Ex-militant's sister for permanent release

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Ludhiana, December 27, 2013
First Published: 22:46 IST(27/12/2013) | Last Updated: 22:46 IST(27/12/2013)

Sukhwinder Kaur, sister of former militant Lakhwinder Singh, who was released on parole on Friday, demanded that convicts who had served life imprisonment should be freed permanently.

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Sukhwinder said Sikh organisations would hold a protest if the Punjab government failed to take up the matter of permanent release of the convicts.

Sukhwinder came to the deputy commissioner's office on Friday for paperwork regarding Lakhwinder's parole.
Talking to Hindustan Times outside the DC's office before leaving for Burail jail, Chandigarh, she said her brother had been in jail for the past 20 years. "He had completed his life sentence around six years ago, but the government did not release him," she added.

She said Lakhwinder's house in Patiala was in a shambles. Their mother, Harjit Kaur, died in 2003, besides their uncle, aunt, a cousin and grandmother, but the government had not allowed him to attend the funeral of any one of them.

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