Three `Panch Pardhani` leaders released from jail
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Last Updated: Monday, February 14, 2011, 19:24
Patiala: Former General Secretary of Sikh Students Federation Jaspal Singh Manjhpur and two other activists of the Panch Pardhani were on Monday released from the high security jail in Nabha area here.

Manjhput and the other activists - Palwinder Singh Shutrana and Gurdeep Singh Raju - were released on bail granted by Justice Ajay Tiwari of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Manjhpur, who currently holds the office of media secretary of SAD (Panch Pardhani), was arrested with party chairman Daljeet Singh and others in August 2009 and was facing charges under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) 1967.

He had contested the Punjab Assembly elections in 2007 from Tanda constituency on SAD (Amritsar) ticket.

"During eighteen months of our detention prosecution has drastically failed to produce any thing incriminating against us," said Manjhpur, alleging that charges were framed against them solely to serve political ends of the ruling SAD (Badal).

He maintained that UAPA 1967, as amended in December 2008 after the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai, is masked revival of black laws like TADA and POTA and is being misused to suppress political opponents.


First Published: Monday, February 14, 2011, 19:24

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