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Bhai Rajoana sentenced to 2 years imprisonment in Arms Act case by Patiala court

August 3, 2013 | By

Patiala, Punjab (August 03, 2013): It is learnt that a Patiala court has convicted Sikh political prisoner Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana in an 18 years old Arms Act case and sentenced him to undergo two years of imprisonment. As per information this case was registered at Patiala on December 25, 1995 under the Arms Act. As per prosecution case the then inspector of Sadar police station D. S. Malli had arrested Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana and recovered a pistol along with four cartridges from him, as per FIR.

Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana duing a court appearance [File Photo]

As per media reports Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana was produced in the Court of Additional District Judge Deepika on August 03, 2013 who pronounced the decision and sentence in this case. After hearing the pronouncement of the sentence, Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana told media persons, “I was blessed by the almighty.” and raised slogans of ‘Khalistan Zindabad’. It is notable that Bhai Balwant Singh Rajona was sentenced to 10-years-imprisonment in an Explosive Act case by a local Patiala court on February 06, 2013.

It is notable that Bhai Balwant Singh is facing death sentence in CM Beant Singh assasination case. CM Beant Singh’s regime carried brutal and mass level killings of civilian Sikh population of Punjab. On 31 August, 1995 CM Beant Singh was killed in a plotted Bomb blast. Bhai Dilawar Singh carried out the blast and died during the incident. Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara, Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana, Bhai Paramjeet Singh Bheora and Bhai Jagtar Singh Tara are the prominent among those charged for assassinating CM Beant Singh. After trial Jargat Singh Hawara and Balwant Singh Rajoana were sentenced to death by Trial court. Punjab and Haryana High Court later reduced the sentence of Jagtar Singh Hawara to life imprisonment but confirmed the death sentence given to Balwant Singh Rajoana.

It is notable that Balwant Singh Rajoana had confessed his involvement and expressed no faith in Indian judiciary. He refused to defend himself in the court and accepted the sentence. He had accused Indian courts for applying dual standards of law and accused Indian system for shielding culprits of Sikh genocide 1984.

Bhai Balwant Singh was scheduled to be hanged on March 31, 2012. There was strong resentment to the decision of execution of Bhai Rajoana and on March 28, 2012 the home ministry stayed his execution following review petition filed before President of India by the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC).

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