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Khalistani leader Bhullar gets 21-day parole after 23 years

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Former Khalistan Liberation Force militant and 1993 Delhi bomb blast convict Devinderpal Singh Bhullar was on Saturday released on parole after 23 years.

The move comes a day after former militant Gurdeep Singh Khera walked out of Amritsar central jail on parole.

Talking to HT, Amritsar deputy commissioner Varun Roojam said, “We have approved Bhullar’s 21-day parole.”

Bhullar was shifted to Amritsar central jail from Delhi’s Tihar in June last year. But he was immediately admitted to the psychiatry ward of the local Guru Nanak Hospital and had been undergoing treatment for depression there since then.

Bhullar’s wife Navneet Kaur, along with her relatives, received him when he was released from police custody.

Before being shifted to Amritsar, Bhullar was admitted to the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences in New Delhi as he was suffering from depression.

Bhullar was convicted in connection with the killing of nine people in a bomb blast in 1993. Among those who survived the attack is former Youth Congress chief MS Bitta.

Dal Khalsa spokesperson Kanwarpal Bittu said, “We welcome the parole being granted to Bhullar. He will be now able to spend some time with his family.”

The case file

  • 1993: Blast outside AIYC headquarters in New Delhi kills nine. Bhullar, one of main accused, fleas to Germany
  • 1995: Bhullar deported to India and arrested
  • 2001: Trial court hands out death penalty to Bhullar, who is lodged in Tihar Jail
  • 2012: Bhullar’s treatment for depression begins, shifted to a hospital in Delhi
  • 2014: Supreme Court commutes his death sentence to life imprisonment
  • 2015: Bhullar shifted to Amritsar hospital after SC accepts family’s plea
  • 2016: State govt approves Bhullar’s parole

(HT)

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