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Jagtar Singh Hawara & four others convicted in Delhi Cinema blast case (2005)

August 31, 2012 | By

New Delhi, India (August 31, 2012): Babbar Khalsa International’s deputy chief Jagtar Singh Hawara and four others were convicted by a Delhi court on August 30, 2012 for their involvement in the 2005 twin blasts at Satyam and Liberty cinema halls in the city which left 60 persons injured.

They were sentenced to seven years of imprisonment that would be adjusted against an equal length of period they have already spent in jail during the trial.

Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara is undergoing life term awarded by an Indian court in Punjab chief minister Beant Singh assassination case therefore Hawara would remain in jail but the other four convicts would be released. It is notable that CM Beant Singh was assassinated on August 31, 1995 and he was largely responsible for widespread human rights abuses in Punjab by security forces committed during 1992-95.

Additional Sessions Judge Rakesh Siddhartha convicted Jagtar Singh Hawara, Balwinder Singh, Jaspal Singh Rana, Vikas and Jagannath.

The blasts took place May 22, 2005, during the screening of controversial Hindi film “Jo Bole So Nihaal”.

The court also slapped a fine of Rs. 25,000/- on each of the convicts.

The court observed that the intention of the accused persons was not to kill people but to create panic.

In the this case, Jagtar Singh Hawara was charged with harbouring Jaspal Singh Rana and Vikas, who were alledgely involved in executing the blasts.

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