Punjab police team to leave for Portugal to seek Pamma’s custody

  • Vivek Gupta and Amandeep Dixit, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Jan 19, 2016 21:27 IST
Khalistani terrorist Paramjeet Singh alias Pamma who was nabbed by the Portugal police. (HT Photo)

A four-member police team headed by Patiala Range deputy inspector general Balkar Singh Sidhu will leave for the Portugese capital of Lisbon, most probably by Thursday, to seek custody of fugitive Khalistani terrorist Paramjeet Singh alias Pamma (42). He had been detained in a Portugese hotel on December 17 and later arrested by the Interpol on a request by the Indian government.

The Punjab government formed the team for the visit in consultation with the ministry of external affairs that recently confirmed India’s position on Pamma’s extradition.

Mohali superintendent of police Ashish Kapoor, Rajpura DSP RS Sohal and Patiala crime branch inspector Bikramjit Singh Brar are other members of the team.

Sidhu told HT that all evidence will be presented before a local court through an attorney to seek Pamma’s custody. “The attorney is to be provided to us by Indian government. We are quite sure that we will get his custody,” he said.

As part of the dossier to be presented by the team, the Indian authorities will assure the court that Pamma will not be awarded the death penalty if found guilty in any Indian court, sources said, adding that Pamma was most likely to produced before a local court in Patiala if the team manages to get his custody.

Pamma is wanted in at least murder two cases in Patiala with the police claiming that they have enough

evidence to prove that he was mastermind of the 2009 killing of Rulda Singh, head of Rashtriya Sikh Sangat, a Punjab-based wing RSS wing. Pamma is also believed to be a key conspirator of 2010 high-velocity twin bomb blasts in Patiala and Ambala. Pamma also remained mentor of Goldy—also wanted in Rulda Singh’s killing and already arrested from Malaysia—and was the main link with Khalistan Tiger Force (KTF) chief Jagtar Singh Tara.

Meanwhile, Sikh bodies based in the UK and USA have been making efforts to prevent the extradition of Pamma to India.

One such organisation, Sikhs for Justice, has also been providing legal assistance. As per media reports, Portugese extradition lawyer Manuel Luis Ferreira has been hired to represent Pamma in court.

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