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The Martyrdom Wait

A state is divided over a death sentence

The Martyrdom Wait
Rajesh Sachar
The Martyrdom Wait
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Weeks after Punjab sailed through an assembly election, largely free of religious agendas and identity politics, the impending hanging of Balwant Singh Rajoana, sentenced to death for the assassination of Punjab chief minister Beant Singh, is fast assuming political overtones. The subtext is the hurt it might cause to Sikh sentiments.

In 2007, a trial court had sentenced Rajoana and Jagtar Singh Hawara to death for the August 31, 1995, assassination of Beant Singh. Hawara was named the mastermind and Rajoana, who pleaded guilty, was the “back-up human bomb”. Recently, an additional sessions judge in Chandigarh ordered Rajoana’s execution on March 31. Beant Singh and many others had died in a blast when Hawara’s friend and co-conspirator, Dilawar Singh, blew himself up just outside the heavily guarded state civil secretariat. Hawara appealed, and his sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. But Rajoana has all along refused to appeal or seek clemency. He wants “to die a martyr”.

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