Date: 4 Oct 2019
Eight Sikh prisoners from in different jails across the country in cases registered against them during the militancy period in Punjab will be released by the Central Government on the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak in November as a humanitarian gesture.
The Union Home Ministry also announced that through a special remission, the death sentence of another Sikh prisoner was commuted to life imprisonment.
Recently, the Punjab Government had sent a list comprising the names of Lal Singh, Dilbagh Singh, Saran Singh, all lodged in the high-security Nabha jail, Hardeep Singh and Baj Singh, lodged in Amritsar central jail, Nand Singh (Patiala Central Jail), Subheg Singh (Ludhiana Central Jail), Gurdeep Singh Khera (Gulbarga Central Jail in Karnataka), and Waryam Singh (Bareilly Central Jail in UP) for remission.
State Government officials declined to comment whether the death sentence of Balwant Singh Rajoana, convicted for the assassination of former chief minister Beant Singh, was commuted to a life sentence.
The Central Government took the decision to grant “a special dispensation” to nine Sikh prisoners from various jails in the country on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the founder of Sikhism, a Home Ministry spokesperson said.
The 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak will be in the November.