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Police do a U-turn on release of former militant

punjab Updated: Dec 22, 2013 22:12 IST
Vishal Rambani

The Patiala Police that had earlier opposed parole to Gurmeet Singh, a convict in the former chief minister Beant Singh assassination case, has done a U-turn and submitted a no-objection report, paving way for the release of the former militant.

The Patiala Police on November 4 had opposed the parole application of Gurmeet, who was facing life sentence and is lodged in the Burail Jail, Chandigarh. That time, the police had said that local residents had objection to the parole of Gurmeet as he might indulge in anti-national activities.

However, the police not only did the U-turn, but the district administration reportedly completed the verification report on non-working days of Saturday and Sunday.

Gurmeet is a resident of Gurbax Colony, Patiala, and the IG jails, Chandigarh, had sought the opinion of the district administration on Saturday.

Though Shamsher Singh, the other accused facing life sentence in the case, also belongs to Patiala, there is no communication from the IG prisons related to his parole application.

Confirming the move, additional deputy commissioner (general) Amrit Kaur Gill said that as reported by the police, the district administration had submitted the report for having no objection to the parole of Gurmeet.

On Friday, the Punjab government had approved the parole of former militant Lal Singh, who is undergoing life imprisonment at Nabha jail.

The move has come after the family of former chief minister Beant Singh said they had no objection to the release of the former militants.

2 more cases for no objection

Chandigarh: The cases of former militants Lakhwinder Singh and Shamsher Singh lodged in Burail jail and involved in the conspiracy of assassination of Beant Singh are also expected to reach the district administration, Patiala, for no objection on Monday.

The two former militants, along with their companion Gurmeet Singh, had signed applications seeking parole on Saturday. The case of Gurmeet Singh has been sent back to Burail jail for release on parole by the district administration, Patiala.

For release of Gurdeep Singh Khaira lodged in Gulbarga jail on parole, the local gurdwara committee in Bengaluru is taking up the case.