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A Delhi court Monday directed Tihar Jail authorities to lodge Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) terrorist Jagtar Singh Hawara in one of its cells.

Hawara, who masterminded the assassination of then Punjab chief minister Beant Singh at the secretariat complex in Chandigarh Aug 31, 1995, is facing a life term.

Delhi’s Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav sent Hawara, against whom two cases are pending in Delhi, to judicial remand and directed the Tihar Jail authorities to keep him in its cell.

Hawara was earlier lodged at the high security Burail Jail in Chandigarh. He was brought to Delhi after a warrant was issued against him Oct 20.

A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Chandhigarh July 2007 sentenced Hawara to death for the assassination of Beant Singh. The Punjab and Haryana High Court converted his death sentence to life imprisonment this month.

Beant Singh, then chief minister (1992-95), was credited with wiping out terrorism from Punjab by dealing with it with an iron hand along with then senior police official K.P.S. Gill.


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