September 28, 2019 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh: The Government of India (GoI) has reportedly announced to grant premature release to eight Sikh political prisoners who have completed minimum mandatory terms of their sentences.
A news posted on the website of The Tribune (TT) this evening noted that “Union Home Ministry also announced that through a special remission, the death sentence of another Sikh prisoner has been commuted to life imprisonment”.
Notably, Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana is the only Sikh political prisoner who was on death row.
The central government has taken a decision to grant a special dispensation to nine Sikh prisoners from various jails in the country, a Home Ministry spokesperson reportedly said.
In one case, a decision has been taken to commute the death sentence to life imprisonment, and in the remaining eight cases, the decision has been taken for premature release of prisoners serving life and other sentences, through special remission.