Chaura convicted in Arms Act case, fined Rs 500

The weapon had to be given to Hawara after he escaped from the jail on the night of January 21, 2004.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:August 1, 2014 12:06 pm

Narain Singh Chaura, the alleged mastermind of the infamous jailbreak case, was convicted by the court of Civil Judge, Junior Division, Jaswinder Singh, and was sentenced to two-year imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 500.

However, he has already served his term as he was imprisoned in 2004.

Chaura, the former member of now-inactive terrorist group Khalistan Liberation Army, was held guilty in an Arms Act case which was registered against him in 2004 after he was arrested for his alleged involvement in the jailbreak case. He was booked in this case on February 8, 2004. The police had claimed that the pistol which was recovered was used in a murder in Amritsar and a person called Sant Singh used it.

The police had maintained that the weapon was procured from Amritsar. The court held that the investigating officer failed to give the details of the case to the court in which the pistol was allegedly used. Also, Sant Singh was never made to join the investigation. Also, the police officials kept using the word “revolver” for the “pistol” in their statements to the court.

The court, however, convicted Chaura as the police were able to prove that the pistol was recovered on the convict’s disclosure statement.

Chaura had helped the Babbar Khalsa International terrorists Jagtar Singh Hawara, Paramjit Singh Bheora along with their two accomplices Jagtar Singh Tara and Devi Singh for escaping from the jail by turning off the electricity supply of the jail for a long time. The accused in the jailbreak case had escaped by digging a tunnel.

The weapon, as per the police, had to be given to Hawara after he escaped from the jail on the night of January 21, 2004.

In his disclosure statement, which was found bearing forged signatures, Chaura had admitted to have hidden the weapon in forest in Sector 51.

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