CHANDIGARH, Punjab—A special court, headed by additional session judge Justice J.S Sidhu, conducted a hearing on December 23 at Burail jail regarding Bhai Jagtar Singh Tara in the CM Beant ‘Singh’ assassination case. The trial against Bhai Tara was pending as he evaded capture after escaping Burail jail in 2004, along with Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara, Bhai Paramjit Singh Bheora and Devi Lal. Bhai Hawara and Bhai Bheora were sentenced to life imprisonment in 2007.
CM Beant ‘Singh’ is known to have authorized the murder of thousands of Sikh men in the period after the 1984 attack on the Harmandar Sahib (Golden Temple), Amritsar. The resulting guerrilla warfare in Punjab was slowly terminated by Beant ‘Singh’ as he took a brutal stance against the people of Punjab with mass killings and fake encounter killings of whole families. He was target by Sikh freedom fighters and was eventually assassinated, reportedly by Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara and the co-accused.
Speaking to Sikh24, Bhai Tara’s counsel Advocate Simranjit Singh advised that the court deferred next hearing onto August 16 in this case and that Advocate S.K Saxena represented the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) in Court.
ASP Surinder Singh, of the CBI, told the Court that Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara had confessed before the court on 22-01-1996 that the plan to assassinate former Chief Minister Beant ‘Singh’ was conceived in room no. 203 of the Surya Hotel, on Subhash Chandar Road, New Delhi, in the presence of Manjinder Singh & Balwant Singh.
The ASP further told the court that he was assigned the task of checking the authenticity of Babbar Khalsa International’s letterhead, in which Wadhawa Singh Babbar had claimed the responsibility of assassination. The BKI Chief had sent letterhead claiming responsibility on September 2 & 3 to the Chief Minister’s office via fax.
Advocate Simranjit Singh further shared that Bhai Tara had also asked the court to return to him currency worth Rs. 37000, seized by police while arresting him.
It may be recalled here that Khalistan Tiger Force’s chief Bhai Jagtar Singh Tara was arrested and deported to India from Thailand in January 2015, where he absconded to after the escape from jail.