Terrorist Jagtar Tara to be extradited from Thailand

Chandigarh: A Bangkok court Tuesday ordered Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) terrorist Jagtar Singh Tara will be extradited from Thailand to India, according to information received by the Punjab Police.

Tara is one of the terrorists convicted in the sensational assassination of then Punjab chief minister Beant Singh by a human bomb at the heavily-guarded Punjab secretariat complex here Aug 31, 1995.

According to the information Tara, also known as Gurmeet Singh, aged around 40, could be handed over to Indian authorities within a month from now for extradition.

Fugitive Tara was arrested by Thailand Police from near the beach resort town of Pattiyya Monday following a tip off from the Punjab Police.

Tara, who had shaved off his beard and cut his hair was not wearing a turban when he was arrested. Thai authorities said that he had been living illegally in Thailand for over four months.

Three BKI terrorists - Tara, Jagtar Singh Hawara, Paramjit Singh Bhaura - and their accomplice Devi Singh, a murder convict living with them in the same prison barrack, had made a sensational escape by digging a 104-feet-long tunnel in the high-security Burail jail here on the intervening night of Jan 21-22, 2004.

Hawara and Bhaura were re-arrested by security agencies later but Tara remained elusive.

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