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Jagtar Singh Tara gets life imprisonment till death for killing former Punjab CM Beant Singh

On August 31, 1995, then chief minister Beant Singh was killed in an explosion outside the Civil Secretariat in Chandigarh. Punjab police employee Dilawar Singh had acted as a human bomb in the incident.

Reported by: India TV News Desk, Chandigarh [ Updated: March 17, 2018 17:39 IST ]
Ex-Punjab CM Beant Singh.

A court here today awarded life imprisonment to Jagtar Singh Tara, guilty in a case pertaining to the assassination of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh.

Beant Singh and 17 others were killed when "human bomb" Dilawar Singh blew himself up at the heavily-guarded Punjab secretariat complex here on August 31, 1995.

A special court was held in the high security Burail Jail to pronounce his sentence.

Three BKI terrorists -- Tara, Jagtar Singh Hawara, Paramjit Singh Bhaura -- and their accomplice Devi Singh, a murder convict living with them in the same prison barrack, had made a sensational escape by digging a 104-feet-long tunnel in the high-security Burail jail here on the intervening night of Jan 21-22, 2004.

Hawara and Bhaura were re-arrested by security agencies later but Tara remained elusive and was re-arrested from Thailand after 11 years of jailbreak in January 2015.

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