Beant Singh's grandson wants Rajoana, Bhullar hanged

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Jalandhar, Feb 11: Following the hanging of Afzal Guru, Congress MP and grandson of late former Chief Minister Beant Singh, Ravneet Singh Bittu, on Monday demanded the execution of Balwant Singh Rajoana, the convict on death row for assassinating the former Punjab CM. He also demanded the hanging of Delhi-blast convict Devinder Pal Bhullar.

"After Afzal Guru, it is now the turn of Rajoana and Bhullar. The government should hang them as soon as possible," Bittu said on Sunday. The state unit of the Shiv Sena, welcoming the hanging of Guru, also demanded the hanging of Rajoana and Bhullar on Monday.

"We welcome the hanging of Afzal Guru. Now the time has come when Balwant Singh Rajoana and Devinder Pal Bhullar should also be hanged," said Vinay Jalandhari, head of Shiv Sena in north India. 43-year-old Parliament attack convict Guru was hanged and buried in Tihar jail premises in Delhi in a secret operation on Saturday.

Beant Singh was assassinated in a bomb blast at the secretariat complex in Chandigarh in August 1995. The blast had also claimed lives of 17 others, including three commados. In 2012, a Chandigarh court sentenced Rajoana to death but a number of Sikhs protested against the decision. In March last year, the Government of India stayed Rajoana's execution after Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal met the then President Pratibha Patil and sought clemency for him.

PTI

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