Letter threatens to blow up HC, security beefed up



Chandigarh: Security at the Punjab and Haryana High Court here has been beefed up after a letter allegedly from a Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) terrorist, lodged in Tihar jail in the national capital, threatened to blow up the court's premises, police said on Saturday.

"We have stepped up the security around the High Court building. A Quick Reaction Team has been stationed there while we are conducting intensive checking of vehicles," SP (Operations) R S Ghuman told reporters here.

The letter written in Punjabi and signed by BKI terrorist Jagtar Singh Hawara was received on December one at the Chief Justice's Office, the SP said.

In the letter, Hawara has threatened to blow up the court's premises if his relative, a Sangrur-based advocate, was not selected in the examination for Additional District Judge (ADJ), Ghuman said.

Hawara, convicted in former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh assassination case, is currently lodged in Tihar jail.

The letter has been sent to the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL) to see if the handwriting matches with that of Hawara or whether the whole thing is a mischief played by someone, the SP said.

"We are also investigating if someone could have written this letter to defame or damage the reputation of a candidate appearing in the judicial examination who has the same name as mentioned in the letter," Ghuman said.

A case has been registered in this connection and a team has been sent to Sangrur to find out if the relative of Hawara as mentioned in the letter exists, he said. A DSP rank officer has been deputed to further investigate the matter, the SP said.

PTI