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JAGTAR SINGH HAWARA VISITS ANANDPUR SAHIB – NOT AS A PILGRIM BUT AS A PRISONER.....

On 5 March 2014, arriving from Delhi’s Tihar Jail in an armoured police bus, Jagtar Singh Hawara arrived in the holy city of Anadpur Sahib – a city where everyday thousands of other Sikhs pay their respects at the birthplace of the Khalsa.

As usual there was a heavy police presence surrounding Hawara and he only managed to snatch a few words with his well-wishers, among who were his mother, aunt and niece. Also present were prominent Sikh leaders; Amrik Singh Ajnala, Harpal Singh Cheema, Gurbachan Singh and Gurdeep Singh.

Hawara was in Anandpur to appear in the court of Senior Judicial Magistrate, Amandeep Singh, in the case of the alleged bomb plot against Piara Bhaniara. A controversial cult leader, Bhaniara’s sect is embroiled in allegations of burning copies of the sacred Guru Granth Sahib and he also created a blasphemous book called ‘Bhavsagar Granth’. The State prosecutor told the court that the case against Hawara and 5 others was registered on 10 January 2005. Some of the defendants have been acquitted of the charges but Hawara is still fighting to clear his name.

The next date in this hearing was set for 19 March 2014 in the Roop Nagar Sessions Court. 

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