High drama at hospital as Bhullar supporters protest
High drama was witnessed outside the psychiatry ward of Guru Nanak Dev Hospital as some United Akali Dal members, including 1993 bomb blast convict Devinderpal Singh Bhullar's cousin, staged a dharna after police didn't allow them to meet Bhullar.punjab Updated: Jun 13, 2015 21:45 IST
High drama was witnessed outside the psychiatry ward of Guru Nanak Dev Hospital as some United Akali Dal members, including 1993 bomb blast convict Devinderpal Singh Bhullar's cousin, staged a dharna after police didn't allow them to meet Bhullar.
The cops later buckled and allowed the visitors to meet Bhullar. Police said since Bhullar's supporters had come to meet him after the visiting hours (12pm-1pm), they weren't allowed to enter his ward. The visitors, however, claimed that they were not told about the timings in advance.
As visitors sat on a dharna and started raising slogans against the government, cops sensing trouble agreed to their demand.
Among the visitors was Bhullar's cousin Mehal Singh, who had come from Mehdipur village. "We were allowed to meet Bhullar after a lot of hassle. I met him after so many years, yet he recognised me as soon as I entered the room. The entire family is happy that he has been brought to Punjab. We are confident that he will be released soon. I would like him to stay at Mehdipur after he comes out of jail."
Satnam Singh Manawa, general secretary of the United Akali Dal, who also met Bhullar, said: "He looks fine. We will continue our struggle for his release."
On being asked why they didn't adhere to the visiting hours, Manawa said: "Nobody told us about the timings. Some people were misled and even sent to jail to meet Bhullar."
Inspector Sushil Kumar, who was handling the security arrangements at the hospital, said: "We have fixed visiting hours for people who want to meet Bhullar. Since his supporters came late, we stopped them. But later they were granted permission after the jail superintendent permitted the meeting under special powers. Seven persons were allowed to meet the convict after they showed their ID proofs as required by authorities."
Bhullar wants wife to stay with him
A doctor attending to Bhullar said his condition as stable. "The patient is fine. Though he doesn't speak much, he wants his wife Navneet Kaur to stay with him for some time. We feel that family support can help him recover speedily. So, I have forwarded his request to the police," said Dr PD Garg.
Security up as police take no chances
Bhullar's ward has been virtually converted into a high-security zone. A special police squad along with snifer dogs carried out an extensive checking of the area on Saturday. "These security checks would be carried out everyday till Bhullar is here," said sources.
First Published: Jun 13, 2015 21:42 IST