January 14, 2013 | By Jaspal Singh
Chandigarh, Punjab/India (January 14, 2013): As per information available through various media sources a Chandigarh court Friday, the 11th January, 2013 examined two more witnesses in the Burail Jailbreak case. The sensational jail break had taken place on intervening night of 21 and 22 January, 2004 in which four persons including Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara, Paramjeet Singh Bheora, Jagtar Singh Tara and another had escaped from Burrial Jail situated on the suburbs of Chandigarh.
Trio-named above were then facing Punjab CM Beant Singh murder case trial that was being conducted by a Sessions court from a room inside the jail itself.
Bhai Hawara and Bheora were later arrested by Police in separate incidents while two others are still at large.
As per reports on Friday’s court hearing Jail wardens Vinod and Ram Mehar were questioned about the events of the intervening night of January 21 and 22, 2004 when Jagtar Singh Hawara and Paramjit Singh Bheora tunnelled out of the jail. The tunnel was reportedly 104 feet long.
The two wardens said they had informed their superiors that the TV was loud and the window of the barracks, in which the two were present, was covered with a blanket but they did not see any foul play till their shift ended.
Of the 85 witnesses to be examined, 32 witnesses have taken the stand so far. The case will now be heard on April 22, 2013.
Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara, the alleged mastermind, and Bhai Paramjeet Singh Bheora were brought from Delhi’s Tihar jail under tight security for the hearing. The relatives of the duo were also present outside the court to meet them. They were greeted with hugs and given home-made food.
As per media reports the hearing caused much inconvenience at the court. Vehicles were barred from entering the court complex till Hawara and Bheora were brought in.
Some 20 police personnel were deputed at five nakas around the court and a reserve force of 30 constables were to escort the accused while nearly 40 constables of the Delhi Police and three DSPs were on security duty.
There are reports that the court may start hearing this case by video-conferencing from Tihar Jail.
As per reports though the court has video-conferencing facility, Bhai Hawara and Bheora, who are provided high security, were produced in person.
As per media reports: District and Sessions Judge S. K. Aggarwal said, “As per the orders which we have received, we are allowed to have video-conferencing between Burail jail and Chandigarh district court. We understand that a lot of resources are wasted and functioning of the court is hampered.”
“We are hoping that we will be able to have connectivity with Tihar jail by the next hearing of this case,” he reportedly added.
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