Bhullar is innocent, says Sikh writer to NHRC

New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) An eminent Sikh writer has appealed to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to intervene and pardon 1993 Delhi bombing convict Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar.

In his April 15 letter to the chairperson of the NHRC, Sangat Singh said: “It is my earnest conviction and submission that Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar is a completely innocent person and not involved in the bomb blast.”

Singh, a former Indian government official who is the author of ‘The Sikhs in History’, said Bhullar be “released” and “paid a hefty compensation for the wrongs done to him.”

He feels Bhullar was framed and is “neither a Khalistani, nor a terrorist.”

On April 12, the Supreme Court l rejected a petition by Bhullar seeking that his death sentence be commuted to life imprisonment as his mercy plea had not been decided by the president for a long time.

Bhullar was given capital punishment for the Sep 10, 1993 bomb explosion at the Youth Congress office in Delhi that left nine dead and 17 injured. The attack was targeted against then Youth Congress leader M.S. Bitta, who was also injured in the attack.

The NHRC has “strongly” recommended to the home ministery to allow the family members of Bhullar to meet him.

Singh, who is also a former intelligence official, is not the only one who has appealed for Bhullar.

Press Council of India chairman Markandey Katju has also written to the President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appealing for pardon or commuting the death sentence of Bhullar, who is undergoing treatment at a mental asylum in Delhi.

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