PATIALA, Punjab—Sikh political prisoner, Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana was today taken to the Rajindra Hospital of Patiala due to severe pain in his joints. The police arranged stringent security arrangements while commuting Bhai Rajoana to the hospital.
Interacting with media, Bhai Rajoana criticized the immense delay in the decision over a mercy petition, moved by the SGPC, before the President of India.
Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana is death row convict in the assassination case of the former Chief Minister, Beant ‘Singh’. The apex Sikh body Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhik Committee had moved a mercy petition before the President of India in March 2012, seeking the commuting of Bhai Rajoana’s death sentence to life imprisonment. The mercy petition is still pending before the President of India.
He had earlier commenced a hunger strike at the delay in the government’s response but was later convinced to give this up by the SGPC.