Meet PM to save Rajoana: Akal Takht asks Badal
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Last Updated: Saturday, March 24, 2012, 09:45
Amritsar: Akal Takht on Friday suggested that Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal should meet President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to avert the hanging of Balwant Singh Rajoana, a co-accused in the assassination of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh.

The highest Sikh body also directed SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar to meet the Prime Minister in order to save Rajoana, who is to be hanged this month.

Chandigarh Additional Sessions Judge had on March 5 ordered the death of Balwant Singh by execution on March 31.

Akal Takht head priest Gurbachan Singh met more than 250 Sikh political and religious groups before announcing the decision.

Jathedar said, "In various nations the practice of death sentences has been discontinued and India should also follow the same suit."

Beant Singh was assassinated on August 31, 1995 in Chandigarh by militant outfit Babbar Khalsa. Jagtar Singh Hawara and Balwant Singh Rajoana were arrested and awarded death sentence by special court of the CBI.

While commuting the death sentence of Hawara into life, high court, however, upheld the death sentence to Balwant Singh.


First Published: Friday, March 23, 2012, 21:41

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