In a significant development,Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Jagbir Singh recorded his evidence in the infamous jail-break case in a local court on Thursday.
DSP Singh was part of the investigating team in the case. He told the court that certain recoveries in the case were made under his supervision. The evidence process will continue in the next hearing,which is scheduled on March 16.
During the hearing of the case,over 200 policemen were deployed to beef up security at the Chandigarh district court complex,barring public entry for over three hours.
The case involved the presence of hardened criminals Jagtar Singh Hawara and Paramjit Singh Bheora – assassins of late Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh – in the court. The duo are currently lodged at Tihar Jail in New Delhi and brought to Chandigarh during every hearing.
Both the dreaded terrorists had to be caught twice and with considerable difficulty.
The inconvenience caused to the people could have been avoided had the authorities ensured the three-way connectivity between Burail Jail,Tihar Jail and the district court through video conferencing.
The UT Administration had given an undertaking to the Punjab and Haryana High Court stating that the connectivity will be established by September 9. However,the connectivity has not been established till date.
Hawara,Bheora and their accomplice Jagtar Singh Tara,along with another murder convict,Devi Singh,had made a sensational escape from Burail jail in January 2004 by digging a 104-foot-long tunnel. While Hawara and Bheora were arrested,Tara and Devi Singh are still absconding.
The duo are also facing trial in connection to the New Delhi blasts that took place in 2004.