December 16, 2014 | By Parmjeet Singh
Ludhiana: A Ludhiana court today announced decision in Shingar Bomb Blast Case of 2007. The court acquitted all three Sikhs who were framed by the Punjab police in this case.
The case pertaining to FIR number 238 dated October 14, 2007 was registered under sections 302 (murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections 3, 4 and 5 of Explosives Act at Police station Division number 6, Ludhiana.
In this case a bomb blast had taken place in Shingar Cinema in Ludhiana in which 6 persons had died and 42 others were injured.
A month later the police booked four Sikhs named Gurpreet Singh Khalsa, Harminder Singh, Sandeep Singh Harry and Ravinder Singh in this case on 12th of November 2007.
Police arrested Gurpreet Singh Khalsa, Ravinder Singh and Sandeep Harry were arrested in December 2007 and trial started against them while Harminder Singh was declared proclaimed offender (P.O.).
Harminder Singh was arrested in 2010 and the trial was started afresh against all accused persons.
The prosecution presented 42 witnesses including eye-witnesses, survivors, police personnel and police touts.
The defense presented 13 witnesses.
During trial Sandeep Singh Harry died in April 2011 in Maximum security jail, Nabha under mysterious circumstances.
After a trial of around seven years the decision was today announced by Justice Hari Singh Garewal, additional sessions judge, Ludhiana. The trial court concluded that the prosecution case was not proved against any of the accused. Thus the court acquitted all Sikhs accused by the police in this case.
The case was defended on by Advocate Gurmeet Singh Rattu and Advocate Jaspal Singh Manjhpur on behalf of Gurpreet Singh Khalsa, Harminder Singh and Ravinder Singh.
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