Just a 'sympathiser of Sikh militants': Bhullar
Death row convict Devender Pal Singh Bhullar says that he is merely "a sympathiser of so-called Sikh militants," and accuses the Punjab Police of killing his father and uncle in custody to settle scores with him.delhi Updated: Apr 18, 2013 01:48 IST
Death row convict Devender Pal Singh Bhullar says that he is merely "a sympathiser of so-called Sikh militants," and accuses the Punjab Police of killing his father and uncle in custody to settle scores with him.
This is mentioned in Bhullar's five-page handwritten letter, which he wrote in 2005 following the rejection of all his appeals by the Supreme Court.
The letter, which reveals Bhullar's mind, has now been released by his lawyers and sympathisers.
"Sikh youths were fighting against the genocide of their community engineered by the government. The Punjab Police killed my father and uncle in 1991 just because I became a sympathiser of these so-called militants," Bhullar said in the letter addressed to the German chancellor.
Bhullar, who has been on death row since 2002 and whose mercy petition was rejected by former President Pratibha Patil in May 2011, stated that he became a sympathiser of militants due to his injured Sikh psyche and the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
He termed the militants as "victims of circumstances" following Operation Bluestar in June 1984 and the anti-Sikh riots a few months later after the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
Bhullar, who was named as the main accused in the 1993 Delhi bomb blast case, stated that "thousands of Sikhs were killed in the nationwide riots of 1984 and young women raped in front of their families as part of state terrorism" unleashed on his community.
Referring to his own case, Bhullar wrote that he managed to reach Germany on a fake passport in the name of Surjeet Singh Sandhu in December 1994, where he was put in the immigration jail for a month and "wrongly deported" to India.
"After my deportation, an application was moved in the Frankfurt high court, which sought details of my case from the German embassy in Delhi. It was found that my apprehension about being falsely implicated or being killed in India, as mentioned in the application seeking political asylum in Germany, was correct," Bhullar wrote.
Despite his conviction by a special court, which was upheld by the Supreme Court in a split verdict, Bhullar wrote that he had no role in the 1993 blast.
First Published: Apr 18, 2013 00:16 IST