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India may try to execute Rajoana in secrecy like Afzal Guru, suspects Sikh body

February 11, 2013 | By

Amritsar/Chandigarh, Patiala (February 11, 2013): “Highly critical of the Union government for sending Afzal Guru to gallows, the Dal Khalsa on Sunday expressed the apprehension that after the hanging of Afzal,  Balwant singh Rajoana could be the next to be executed, Hindistan Times (HT) has reported. 

Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana (quote from Will)

Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana (quote from Will)

It is notable that Bhai Bslwant Singh Rajoana has been awarded capital punishment in the then Punjab chief minister Beant Singh’s assassination case and a review petition filed by Shiromani Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) against his death sentence is still pending before President of India. 

The Sikh organisation reportedly said Afzal Guru’s hanging “shows a very disturbing trend by the Indian government”.

As per Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwarpal Singh  opposing the capital punishment in principle for being inhuman, said “the hanging of Afzal Guru, is a purely political decision taken by the Indian government to consolidate the Hindu vote-bank, keeping an eye on the impending 2014 elections”.

He reportedly said there was strong apprehension that this act of the state would pave the way for secret execution of Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana as the latter stood firmly in favour of Khalistan and rejects Indian justice system.

He wondered on what basis India has been advocating clemency for Sarabjit Singh, a death row convict in Pakistan while at home the Union government has ordered two executions within a short span of time.

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