With Bhullar expected soon; Amritsar jail staff, cops on toes

  • Aseem Bassi, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Jun 12, 2015 08:47 IST

With convict Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar likely to be shifted soon to the central jail here from New Delhi's Tihar jail, the local prison and police authorities are on their toes.

Behind bars for the past two decades following his conviction in the 1993 Delhi bomb blasts case, Bhullar is undergoing life imprisonment after the Supreme Court commuted his death sentence.

Bhullar, who is suffering from acute depression, is being shifted on his Canada-based wife Navneet Kaur Bhullar's request. He is currently being treated at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences in New Delhi. A five-member medical board has been formed to examine him on his arrival here. He might be kept in the jail hospital or a hospital outside the prison, depending on the board's decision, sources said.

Confirming the development, a jail official said, "We know that Bhullar is coming, but we do not have any input so far on when he is being transferred to Amritsar. A detailed medical examination will be done by the board."

A jail official said, "Although a medical examination will be done in Delhi also, it will be conducted here too as it is mandatory before shifting anybody to the jail." The official added that security on the jail premises would be beefed up.

The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government had cleared the request for Bhullar's transfer recently.

Meanwhile, although the top brass of the Amritsar police are maintaining silence over the Bhullar issue, sources said an exercise was on to make appropriate security arrangements.

It is learnt that a team of the Delhi police will bring Bhullar here under heavy security cover.

Positive development, says Dal Khalsa

In a press release, Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwarpal Bittu said, "The shifting of Bhullar from New Delhi to Amritsar was long
due and it is well within the jail norms.

Initially, the Punjab government opposed the move to transfer him to a Punjab prison but now it is doing a U-turn. It's a positive development. For this, the credit goes to Surat Singh Khalsa, who is on a fast-unto-death since January 16, seeking the release of those prisoners who have completed their prison term."

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