The district court of Chandigarh on Saturday sentenced Jagtar Singh Tara to life imprisonment in former Punjab CM Beant Singh assassination case. He added that Bhai Tara is not willing to challenge the CBI Court's verdict in upper court.
"The CBI was asking for capital punishment for him but it was argued with the judges that, as per Geneva convention Bhai Jagtar Singh Tara is a prisoner of war (PoW) as he had waged a war against the Indian State to avenge the atrocities committed by the state upon the Sikhs, so a prisoner of war can not be given death penalty".
On August 31, 1995, then chief minister Beant Singh was killed in an explosion outside the Civil Secretariat in Chandigarh.
A noticeable gathering of Sikh activists from all over the Punjab outside Burail jail complex was observable today.
Tara (43) had been booked under various sections of the IPC, including section 302 (murder), section 307 (attempt to murder) and section 120 B (criminal conspiracy) and other relevant sections of the Explosive Act.More news: Irish flights grounded as cold snap hits London Heathrow
"Jagtar Singh Tara told the court that he does not regret killing Beant Singh, he also said that, "I have been fighting the battle of Sikhs" freedom against the govt & will continue to do so'", the lawyer was quoted by a news agency. Sixteen others also lost their lives in the incident.
Damdami Taksal chief Harnam Singh Dhumma said, "The army attack on Golden Temple, the Sikh massacre and human rights violation by security forces had forced many Sikhs to pick up weapons".
While Hawara and Bheora were arrested, Tara managed to escape.
Seven others have been convicted in the case and are serving jail terms. He was arrested from Thailand in 2014.
Meanwhile, pro-Khalistan slogans were raised by supporters outside the court premises.