Chandigarh, September 30: Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, speaking on Monday on Centre's decision to change the death sentence of former CM Beant Singh's killer into life imprisonment, said that the Punjab government has no role in Modi government's decision regarding Singh's killer and other Sikh prisoners. Chief Minister Singh also added that the Punjab government did not ask for the release of Beant Singh's killer or any other particular prisoner. Captain Amarinder Singh And Harsimrat Kaur Badal Clash on Twitter, Punjab CM Calls Union Minister 'Dumb'.
Captain Amarinder Singh said categorically that the Punjab state government had only sent the list of all long-term TADA prisonersto the Union Home Ministry. The list contains names of only 17 TADA prisoners held in Punjab, clarified Singh. "Punjab government had no role in Centre’s reported decision to release Beant Singh’s killer or any other particular prisoner," said Singh confirmed Punjab chief minister's office. Mahatma Gandhi 150th Birth Anniversary: Third Phase of Prisoners to be Released on October 2, Know Condition of Remission And Other Details.
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Punjab CM' Office: CM Captain Amarinder Singh has made it clear that his govt had merely sent to the Union Home Ministry the list of all long-term TADA prisoners,&had no role in Centre’s reported decision to release Beant Singh’s killer or any other particular prisoner (File pic) pic.twitter.com/6LgTtYjoOo
— ANI (@ANI) September 30, 2019
The chief minister's comment came after the Home Ministry decided to change the death sentence of Balwant Singh Rajoana. On Sunday, the Centre changed capital punishment handed over to Rajoana for the assassination of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh into life imprisonment, as an act of mercy considering the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji. The government also decided to release eigth Sikh prisoners, said a PIB press release.
Beant Singh was assassinated on August 31, 1995. "A decision has been taken to commute the death sentence of Balwant Singh Rajoana," a home ministry official said and added "considering the occasion of 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji and as a humanitarian gesture, the Government of India has taken a decision to grant a special dispensation to nine Sikh prisoners from various jails in the country."