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Rajoana Death Sentence, Bandh in many districts, Former cm Balwant Singh Rajoana, Beant Singh killing case, Sukhbir Singh Badal

Three days before his scheduled execution in connection with killing of the former Punjab Chief Minister, Beant Singh, on August 31, 1995, Balwant Singh Rajoana got relief on Wednesday, with the Union government staying the capital punishment.

The Union Home Ministry, in a letter to the State Government, stated that the execution of 44-year-old Rajoana has been stayed

Mr. Badal mounted last-minute efforts to get relief for Rajoana as the ‘Singh Sahiban'  of the Akal Takhat decreed that the Chief Minister meet the President and seek clemency.

The petition was made on behalf of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee and the State government.

In August 2007, a special CBI court awarded the death sentence to Rajoana

And in otherside Complete bandh was observed in Amritsar, Tarn Taran, Ludhiana, Bathinda and many other districts on Wednesday in protest against the impending hanging of Balwant Singh Rajoana, hours before it was announced by state deputy chief minister

Sikh radical groups including Dal Khalsa, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar), Shiromani Akali Dal (Panch Pardhani), Khalsa Action Committee had given a call of Punjab bandh, the Sikh clerics had asked the community members to 'refrain' from work and wear saffron turbans and dupattas.

Shiv Sena activists blocked traffic on Chandigarh Road near cremation ground after some bandh supporters tried to shut local Shiv Sena leader Gurdip Saini's office. The Shiv Sena even torched some tyres on the busy Chandigarh road while raising slogans at around 4.15 PM. However when a Sikh youth tried to bypass their blockade they slapped him and the youth was rescued by a few police personnel. By around 5.30 members of the other group also started gathering near Gurdwara Singh Sabha near old vegetable market.

Ten persons were injured, including two policemen, in a clash between two groups in Patiala. Eye-witnesses said the trouble started when protesters raised pro-Khalistan slogans in the Hindu-dominated Arya Samaj Chowk area in Patiala.

Tension prevailed in Lehragaga in Sangrur on Wednesday afternoon when two groups indulged in stone pelting during the bandh.

There were heated exchanges between the members of both the communities in Tapa in Barnala also when members of Sikh organizations asked some shopkeepers sitting in the market to leave the place and raised pro-Khalistan slogans.
Wed 28 Mar, 2012,10:45:08 PM
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