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Security stepped up in Punjab as court to give verdict on Beant killer Rajoana

Tuesday - Mar 27, 2012, 06:41pm (GMT+5.5)
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Chandigarh/Patiala - Security has been stepped up across the state of Punjab, as a Chandigarh additional sessions court is due to give its verdict in a case related to Balwant Singh Rajoana, the assassin of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh.

The court is due to give its verdict at around 4.30 p.m. on Tuesday.

However, Rajaona has written a letter to the Akal Takht saying there was no need for anyone to seek clemency for him. He has also refused to accept any sympathy from the BJP, Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh or from Beant Singh’s family members.

In a letter to the Akal Takht, which he handed over to his sister Kamaldeep Kaur, Rajoana wrote, “I have fought for my rights all through my life. I do not want to give away my principles for anyone.”

Rajoana criticised politicians, especially the Akalis in his letter saying, “I neither trusted them (Akalis) nor believe them as they have failed to get justice from New Delhi. These leaders were mum till date, and suddenly, they are speaking for my clemency.”

He added: “All know how they have made money and what their reality is. The Akalis should give away blue turbans and instead don khaki turbans for failing to get justice from New Delhi time and again.”

“Asking for mercy from them is not even in my distant dreams,” Rajoana said in his letter.

With the Patiala jail authorities returning the death warrant for Rajoana’s hanging back to the Chandigarh court for the second time, the Court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini Nagpal reserved the final orders on deciding the execution for Tuesday.





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