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Home ministry commutes death sentence of Balwant Singh Rajoana to life term; informs Punjab, Chandigarh administrations

cities Updated: Nov 12, 2019 11:53 IST
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CHANDIGARH: The Union ministry of home affairs has commuted the death sentence of Balwant Singh Rajoana, a convict in former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh’s assassination case. The order has been conveyed to the Punjab and Chandigarh administrations.

The Chandigarh administration will pursue the remission orders.

Rajoana, who was sentenced to death in 2007, will now undergo life imprisonment.

Earlier, the Union home ministry had approved the commutation of Rajaona’s death sentence to life imprisonment as a humanitarian gesture on the 550th Prakash Purb of Guru Nanak Dev.

On August 31, 1995, 17 people, including then chief minister Beant Singh, were killed in an explosion outside the Civil Secretariat in Chandigarh.