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Will have Beant Singh killer Jagtar Singh extradited from Thailand: India

Assuring that the Indian government will bring back the assassin of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh from Thailand, Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday issued a statement that those committing crimes in India will not be spared, regardless of where they stay.



New Delhi: Assuring that the Indian government will bring back the assassin of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh from Thailand, Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday issued a statement that those committing crimes in India will not be spared, regardless of where they stay.

The MHA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that those committing heinous crimes in India will be pursued wherever they may be. Will have Jagtar Singh (Tara) extradited from Thailand.

Thai police have arrested the fugitive Sikh terrorist who was involved in the assassination of Beant Singh and several others in 1995.

Thai National police spokesman Lt Gen Prawut Thawornsiri said 37-year-old Gurmeet Singh entered Thailand in October and was arrested in the eastern province of Chon Buri on Monday.

A team of Chon Buri provincial police and soldiers raided a house on Soi Mabyailia in tambon Nong Phreu in Bang Lamung district and arrested Singh, one of six Sikh militants convicted for the 1995 blast which also killed several others.

Officers also arrested Pakistani national Ali Alat, 48, the owner of the house. Alat said that he was not aware about Singh's criminal background.

The two men were taken to Nong Phreu police station for interrogation.

"We had been following him for a while, but at one point he slipped off the radar," Prawut said.

Singh escaped from a high-security prison in 2004. The swift action followed a recent request by minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju to Thai authorities to help capture the terrorist. Rijiju made the request when he visited Bangkok late last year for a UN meet.

(With PTI inputs)

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