CHANDIGARH: Five activists allegedly belonging to a right-wing outfit attacked Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) terrorist Jagtar Singh Hawara, here on Friday. Hawara, convicted for assassinating former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh was brought here from TIhar jail for the case pertaining to Burail Jailbreak case.
“After the hearing, as Hawara was moving in the court complex, five persons allegedly belonging to Rashtriya Hindu Seva Suraksha Samiti slapped him following which the terrorist also retaliated,” ACP Deshraj Singh said here. “Immediately, police intervened and arrested five persons, including convenor of the organisation Nishant Sharma,” he said. The alleged right-wing activists raised slogans before assaulting Hawara.
Hawara and Bheora were lodged in Tihar Jail in connection with the 2005 Delhi twin blasts case, Twin blasts at cinema theatres in west Delhi had killed one and injured nearly 50 people. They were brought here under tight security.
The incident occurred when Hawara was crossing the main entry gate of the court complex. One member out of the five members of the right-wing group attacked Hawara and even slapped him. Police took immediate action and arrested the convener of the right-wing organization Nishant Sharma, along with the other four members who were present at the venue.
The activists claimed that they are members of Akhail Bhartiya Hindu Suraksha Samiti (ABHSS). The national general secretary of right wing group, Ashutosh Gautam, who is also in the police custody, said, “We were demanding the trial of BKI terrorists through video conferencing because whenever they come to attend court hearings, they raise anti-india slogans, which hurts the sentiments of public.”
Meanwhile, Hawara counsel Advocate Arvind Thakur, before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, JS Sidhu, filed an application stating “that the counsel for Hawara be given security who has been threatened to eliminate and an attempt to murder has also been made by the extremists of Hindu Surakasha Samiti.” Taking cognizance of the application by Hawara Counsel, the court has issued notice to the SSP Chandigarh, which would come up for hearing on December 12.
In January 2004 Hawara, Bheora and their accomplice Jagtar Singh Tara along with another murder convict Devi Singh had made a sensational escape from Burail Jail by digging a 104-foot long tunnel. While Hawara and Bheora were arrested, Tara and Devi Singh are absconding.