Rajoana rushed to Rajindra Hospital following complaints of back pain

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Jul 04, 2015 09:02 IST

Balwant Singh Rajoana, a Babbar Khalsa International terrorist facing death sentence for former chief minister Beant Singh's assassination, was brought to government Rajindra Hospital, following a complaint of severe back pain and numbness in the right thigh on Friday morning.

Escorted by heavy police security cover, Rajoana underwent several laboratory tests and X-ray at the orthopaedics department of the hospital and was thoroughly examined by a team of doctors led by Amandeep Singh Bakhshi. However, after the treatment, he was taken back to Patiala Central Jail, where he has been jailed for the past more than a decade.

As per the available information, Rajoana complained about the back pain few days ago, following which doctors were called from Rajindra Hospital to examine him. The doctors then recommended bringing him to the hospital premises for advanced tests.

Following the recommendation, the jail authorities contacted the district police and asked for adequate security arrangements to escort him to the hospital.

Jail superintendent Bhupinder Singh Virk said Rajoana was taken to the hospital around 9 am on Friday and was safely brought back to the jail premises after almost an hour-long treatment.

Meanwhile, Dr Bakhshi informed that there was no major injury and therefore they have now prescribed him with conservative treatments and have asked the jail authorities to bring him after a fortnight for follow up. "All the reports are normal. It was normal strain in the back," he said.

It should be mentioned that even last year Rajoana was taken to Patiala hospital after he complained of chest pain and was referred to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh for further investigation.

A former Punjab police constable, Balwant Singh Rajoana was a member of the Babbar Khalsa and is the main accused in assassination of Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh in 1995, in which around 16 persons were killed in the blast outside Punjab secretariat in Chandigarh.

He was arrested in December 1995 and was given death sentence in 2006. Though he didn't file any mercy petition of his own, in 2012 Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee filed a petition pertaining to cancellation of his death sentence, which has been lying pending with the President of India.

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