Gurmeet Singh facing life term in connection with Beant Singh's murder case was received by activists of radical outfits, including Dal Khalsa, outside the jail premises after his release on Wednesday afternoon.

This is the first parole granted to Gurmeet Singh in 18 years.

Meanwhile, two other convicts Lakhwinder Singh and Shamsher Singh lodged in Burail jail in Chandigarh are expected to be released on parole on Thursday, officials said, adding the paperwork for their parole is under process.

Meanwhile, former militant Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa whose hunger strike entered the 42nd day on Wednesday announced to end his fast on Thursday at Akal Takht, the top temporal seat of Sikhs.

Gurbaksh Singh has been on hunger strike demanding the release of six Sikh prisoners who have already completed their jail terms after being convicted in the former chief minister's murder case in 1995.

Akal Takht head Gurbachan Singh, who had issued an edict asking Gurbaksh to end his fast, met him at Mohali on Wednesday. The Akal Takht head impressed upon Gurbaksh to end his fast following which he announced to adhere to the diktat of Akal Takhat by ending his fast at Amritsar.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had earlier maintained that the Sikh detainees must be released on parole and the state government had taken all necessary steps for their release. Beant Singh’s family members had also expressed no objection to the release of Sikh detainees.


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