Hardeep Singh, who was undergoing life imprisonment in a case under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Prevention Act (TADA), was released from the central jail here on Wednesday evening.
Central jail superintendent RK Sharma said, “We released him after the Punjab government sanctioned his premature release.”
Hardeep, who belongs to Chuselewal village in Tarn Taran district, had been behind bars for the past around two decades.
Sharma said premature release was normally granted on the grounds of good conduct in jail and no offences committed during imprisonment, besides not jumping parole.
Hardeep was convicted and sentenced in 1997 under sections 24, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act and sections 302 (murder) and 148 (rioting armed with deadly weapons) of the Indian Penal Code. His name figures on the list of Sikh prisoners prepared by the Sangharsh Committee led by fasting activist Surat Singh Khalsa. The committee is seeking their release on the grounds that they are languishing in jail despite having completed their sentences.
The Uttar Pradesh government had recently released Sikh prisoner Waryam Singh on parole. Earlier, Gurdeep Singh Khera, also a convict under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Prevention Act (TADA) , was transferred to the Amritsar central jail from Karnataka.
Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar, who was convicted in the 1993 Delhi bomb blast case, was shifted to the central jail here from Delhi on medical grounds in June.
Considering his ill-health, Bhullar was admitted to the psychiatry ward of Guru Nanak Dev Hospital.