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October 16, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Bhindranwale Is Free

Sant Bhindranwale was released from judicial custody at 2.30 p.m. Judicial Magistrate G K Rai formally heard the counsels from the two sides and in a tactfully worded order allowed the release.

By: Editorial |
October 16, 2021 5:29:03 am
Leaders who were absent were Sant Harchand Singh Longowal, president Akali Dal (L), and Prakash Singh Badal, opposition leader in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha.

After 26 days of detention for interrogation in the Lala Jagat Narain murder case, Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale was released in Ferozepur. He was given a jubilant reception by his followers and supporters. Sant Bhindranwale was released from judicial custody at 2.30 p.m. Judicial Magistrate G K Rai formally heard the counsels from the two sides and in a tactfully worded order allowed the release. No sureties or bonds were demanded. Leaders who were absent were Sant Harchand Singh Longowal, president Akali Dal (L), and Prakash Singh Badal, opposition leader in the Punjab Vidhan Sabha.

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