Patiala/Begowal: Claiming her innocence in the 12 years-old abortion case, ex-Punjab minister and former Shiromani Gurdwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) president Bibi Jagir Kaur on Saturday said that she had committed no sin and expressed confidence to emerge clean.

“I trust god and have full confidence in the legal system of India. I have not done any sin and just being framed in the case. I am innocent and this will be proved soon,” Jagir reportedly told her kins who visited her in the Modern Jail at Kapurthala on Saturday.

A special CBI court in Patiala on Friday awarded five years imprisonment to the Punjab minister Bibi Jagir Kaur for conspiring kidnapping and wrongful confinement of her elder daughter Harpreet Kaur Rosy and forcing her for abortion 12 years back. She has also been fined Rs 5,000 by the court. Following her conviction, Jagir Kaur who is presently lodged in a Kapurthala jail, resigned from Parkash Singh Badal ministry.

Jagir Kaur’s villagers observe bandh

Expressing solidarity with Bibi Jagir Kaur, a complete bandh was observed in her native village Begowal on Saturday.

The irate villagers shut down shops and took out a procession in the village and raised slogans against complainant Kamaljit Singh, who had claimed to have married Jagir's daughter. Heavy security was deployed around Kamaljit's residence in the village.

Meanwhile, security arrangements remained tightened at Jagir's Dera Sant Prem Singh Muralewale. The security was beefed up by the district police on Friday evening after the former Punjab minister’s conviction by the court. Senior police officers had also visited the village to take stock of the situation and held a meeting to discuss security measure especially of Kamaljit as tension in the village was palpable after the court verdict on Saturday.