Various Sikh organizations plead for Bhullar, death row convict
Jalandhar: Various Sikh organisations took to streets in Jalandhar on Wednesday against the Supreme Court endorsing the rejection of the clemency petition by Devinderpal Singh Bhullar, sentenced to death for his role in 1993 militant attacks that claimed several lives and injured many. Gurmeet Singh Bitto, a member of a Sikh religious outfit in the state, demanded the release of Bhullar.
"We demand from the government to free him, as he has been behind the bars since twenty years," said Bitto. He further said, "The protest is to wake up the sluggish governments; we want to appeal to the International media as well. Convicts of 1984 (Anti Sikh Riots) are roaming freely."
This judgement was delivered amid demands for abolition of death penalty in the country. Protesters marched on the roads seeking attention from the Union Government. The protesters appealed to the International media to highlight the issue and build pressure on the Union government.
Bhullar was sentenced to death for plotting terror attacks on Superintendent of Police (SSP) Sumedh Singh Saini and former President of the Indian Youth Congress Maninderjit Singh Bitta in 1993, leading to several deaths in New Delhi. The Supreme Court had on 26 March, 2002, dismissed Bhullar''s appeal against the death sentence awarded by trial court and endorsed by the Delhi High Court.
He had filed a review petition, which was also dismissed on 17 December, 2002. Bhullar had then moved a curative petition, which too had been rejected, by the apex court on March 12, 2003. Bhullar had filed a mercy petition before the President on 14 January, 2003. The President, however, rejected his mercy petition on May 25 last year, clearing the decks for his execution.