Beant kin slam govt on plea to shift convict
Former chief minister late Beant Singh's family has condemned the Punjab government for seeking shifting of Balwant Singh Rajoana, who is on death row in the assassination case, to Burail Jail in Chandigarh for his hanging.punjab Updated: Mar 17, 2012 13:20 IST
Former chief minister late Beant Singh's family has condemned the Punjab government for seeking shifting of Balwant Singh Rajoana, who is on death row in the assassination case, to Burail Jail in Chandigarh for his hanging.
"It is a shame that a state government, whose chief minister was killed by militants, wants the place of hanging to be changed from Punjab to Chandigarh," said Anandpur Sahib MP and Beant Singh's grandson Ravneet Singh Bittu, while talking to Hindustan Times on phone.
He demanded that Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal should clarify why a militant who killed a sitting CM could not be hanged in the same state.
"If Punjab is prosperous and peaceful today, it is only because of the efforts put in by my grandfather," the MP said.
Bittu also asked Badal to make it clear whether he (CM) was for or against Rajoana's hanging.
"No one from our family has wished for the hanging. Rajoana himself has admitted in the court that he was a back-up bomber. I don't know why the SAD government is reluctant to hang him in Patiala," Bittu said, adding that vote bank politics should not be the only criterion to look after a state's interests.
Bittu also demanded the registration of an FIR against those who were raising slogans of 'Khalistan Zindabad' in support of Rajoana.
Meanwhile, Congress MLA from Khanna Gurkirat Kotli, who is also Beant Singh's grandson, said the family would discuss the government's move with senior party leaders as the late CM was a respected Congress leader.
"Our family has never interfered in the case. We have never harboured revenge or vendetta against anyone and want the law to take its own course," he said, adding that the government's plea on shifting Rajoana to Chandigarh had upset the slain CM's family.