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‘Yes, we killed Beant Singh... have no regret’: Jagtar Singh Tara in court

punjab Updated: Aug 31, 2016 17:42 IST
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Jagtar Singh Tara (42) has confessed to his role in former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh’s assassination on August 31, 1995. (HT File Photo)

Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) terrorist Jagtar Singh Tara (42) has confessed to his role in former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh’s assassination on August 31, 1995. He admitted that he, along with his accomplices, planned the murder of Beant Singh for which he doesn’t have any regret.

In a letter to additional sessions judge JS Sidhu, submitted on August 23, Tara stated: “I was there with Balwant Singh Rajoana and Dilawar Singh. We don’t regret killing Beant Singh, but we are pained at the loss of other innocent lives.”

The letter, a copy of which is with Hindustan Times, was written days before the death anniversary of Beant Singh.

Tara’s counsel Simranjit Singh said: “The trial is likely to conclude in a couple of days as Tara has confessed to killing Beant Singh. In his earlier statements before the court, Tara expressed happiness over the murder but never admitted that he killed the former CM or he was involved in hatching the conspiracy.”

Of the 148 witnesses, only six are left to be examined. “We have summoned two witnesses — Dr Ali of GMSH-16, who conducted Beant Singh’s post-mortem and DSP Surender Singh, who was part of the investigation — on September 22,” said Tara’s counsel.

During last hearing on August 23, Nanna Ram, who was station house officer (SHO) of the Sector 3 police station then, deposed before the court saying he was waiting for the former CM to visit the UT guesthouse in Sector 6 but he got to know about his assassination outside the Punjab and Haryana secretariat. He identified Beant Singh’s body at the spot.

The trial against Tara started in the additional district and sessions court on July 8, 2016.

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