June 27, 2015 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh: Sikh Political Prisoner Jagtar Singh Tara has alleged that he was being harassed by jail authorities. Bhai Tara, who was deported to India by Thai authorities in January this year, is currently lodged in Chandigarh Model Jail, Burail.
As per information jail authorities have been denying visitors to meet Bhai Jagtar Singh Tara.
Jagtar Singh Tara’s lawyer Simranjeet Singh told media persons that Bhai Jagtar Singh Tara whose parents have died is not allowed to meet his aunt (Bhua Ji) by jail authorities. He said that Bhai Tara’s siblings reside abroad and could not meet him. Jail authorities say only “close blood relations” could meet Jagtar Singh Tara.
Advocate Simranjeet Singh said that Jagtar Singh Tara has begun hunger strike against alleged harassment by jail authorities.
He said that earlier the jail authorities had been preventing Jagtar Singh Tara from paying obeisance at Gurdwara Sahib located inside the Burail jail. He said that Bhai Tara had to observe hunger strike after which he was allowed to visit Gurdwara Sahib.
Advocate Simranjeet Singh added that Jagtar Singh Tara was kept under solitary confinement for 3 months after his arrest.
Tara’s council said that he would approach India’s National Human Rights Commission against harassment of Bhai Tara.
It may be recalled that Jagtar Singh Tara had escaped from Burail Jail Chandigarh on January 22, 2004 along with Jagtar Singh Hawara, Paramjeet Singh Bheora and another. He is facing Punjab CM Beant Singh’s assassination case. CM Beant Singh, who was responsible for unleashing region of terror on civilian Sikh population of Punjab, was killed in a blast on August 31, 1995 in Chandigarh.
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