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Punjab police fails to get Hawara's remand

August 04, 2005 00:44 IST

Rejecting the Punjab police's request for a transit remand of Babbar Khalsa International chief Jagtar Singh Hawara, prime accused in the assassination of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh, a local court extended his judicial custody on Wednesday.

Chief Judicial Magistrate Neerja K Kalson declined the request of the counsel representing the Punjab police. The police  were seeking Hawara's custody in a blast case in January this year, allegedly aimed at eliminating Baba Piara Singh Bhaniarawala, a sect leader.

Also read: Hawara handed over to Chandigarh police

The magistrate also extended Hawara's judicial custody in the Burail jailbreak case till August 17. In another case, in which his police remand ended on Wednesday, Hawara was sent to judicial custody till August 17.

Chandigarh's Deputy Superintendent of Police B D Bector told reporters outside the court premises that Hawara would now be taken to Delhi on Thursday to be presented in a court there in connection with the twin cinema blasts case.

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Hawara would be lodged in the high security Burail jail from where he, along with three others, had escaped in January last year.

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