Hardeep Singh of Tarn Taran district, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1997 for a murder that took place in 1991, was released from the central jail here at 5pm on Thursday on the Punjab government’s directions.
Hardeep’s name was on the list of Sikh prisoners that the Surat Singh Sangharsh Committee had submitted to the state government, seeking their immediate release.
Talking to HT, jail superintendent RK Sharma said, “It was because of his (Hardeep’s) work and good conduct in jail that I initiated his premature release.”
In December 2015, he had got 28-day parole, Sharma added.
Hardeep came out on bail in 2001 after he filed a writ petition in the Punjab and Haryana high court against his life imprisonment. The court restored his sentence in 2006, following which he resumed his sentence.
Jail sources stated that before leaving the jail, Hardeep thanked the state government and lauded the efforts made by fasting activists Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa and Surat Singh Khalsa for his release.
“Hardeep also wished that the state government should free every prisoner who had completed his sentence,” the sources added.