New Delhi: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has written to his counterparts in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Gujarat seeking premature release of 13 terrorists convicted in various cases, including assassination of former Chief Minister Beant Singh.
Badal, who also wrote similar letters to the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi and Administrator of Chandigarh, sought release of Lakhwinder Singh, Shamsher Singh, Gurmeet Singh, who are serving life sentence in connection with killing of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh, among others, sources said.
The move by Badal came after a Punjab resident, Gurbax Singh Khalsa, had gone on a hunger strike in Ambala in November 2014 demanding the release of six prisoners, including those convicted in Beant Singh assassination case.
Khalsa reportedly broke his fast following promise of release of Lakhwinder, Shamsher and Gurmeet (who were subsequently released on 28 days parole from Burail jail in Chandigarh) and assurance by Akal Takht Jathedar Gurbachan Singh that he would take up the matter with the government.
The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee is also believed to have written a a letter to the Union Home Ministry seeking the premature release of the sentenced prisoners.
Among the ten others, whose release was sought by the Punjab Chief Minister, include Lal Singh Akalgarh, who is in Nabha jail (Punjab) in connection with a terror case in Gujarat, Waryam Singh, who is in Bareilly jail in connection with a terror case in UP and Gurdeep Singh Khaira who is in Gulbarga jail in connection with a blast in Bidar, Karnataka.
Others prisoners are Gurmeet Singh Fauji, who is in a Rajasthan jail, Daya Singh, who is Delhi's Tihar jail in connection with a case in West Bengal, Paramjeet Singh Bheora and Jagtar Singh Hawara, both lodged in Tihar jail and Subeg Singh and Nand Singh who are in Burail jail in Chandigarh, sources said.