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Capt Amarinder writes to Karnataka CM seeking premature release of militant serving life sentence

Capt sought Kumaraswamy’s indulgence in advising the prison department of his state for reconsideration of the matter as Khera had been languishing in the jail for the past 25 years.

punjab Updated: Jul 19, 2018 10:59 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh,HD Kumaraswamy,Karnataka
Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh(HT File )

Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday wrote to his Karnataka counterpart for premature release of militant Gurdeep Singh Khera on the basis of his good conduct.

Amarinder has asked HD Kumaraswamy to sympathetically consider the case of Khera, currently serving a double life sentence in Amritsar central jail after having been transferred from Karnataka’s Gulbarga jail in 2015.

In his letter, Capt sought Kumaraswamy’s indulgence in advising the prison department of his state for the reconsideration of the matter as Khera had been languishing in the jail for the past 25 years after being convicted in Delhi and Bidar bomb blast cases.

Notably, the Amritsar district magistrate had earlier taken up the case with the Karnataka government, which had intimated its inability under existing guidelines.

Meanwhile, Amarinder has also written to Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje for expediting the transfer of Sikh political prisoner Harnek Singh Bhap, currently lodged in central jail, Jaipur, to a suitable prison in Punjab.

He pointed that the director general of Rajasthan Police had already forwarded his recommendation to the home department in June this year and the final approval was awaited.

A Sikh delegation had approached the state government, through cabinet minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, with a request to raise the issue with the Rajasthan government.

First Published: Jul 19, 2018 10:59 IST