CBI may send a team to get Jagtar Singh Tara, an accused in the assassination of the then Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh in 1995, from Thailand where he has been arrested by authorities of that country.
According to CBI, Tara, 37, was directly involved in the assassination of Beant Singh as he had purchased the car which was used to kill Singh in the Chandigarh secretariat using a humam bomb.
The conspiracy of all the accused was unearthed when a car painter Balwinder Singh identified the vehicle used in the blast by the terrorists as he had painted it.
Beant Singh was assassinated in a bomb blast at the secretariat complex in Chandigarh on August 31, 1995 by Babbar Khalsa International terrorists. The blast had claimed the lives of 17 others including three commandos.
Thirteen people were named as accused in the case, out of whom nine were arrested, three were at large and the suicide bomber, Dilawar Singh, died during the explosion.
Tara, who along with two other terrorists, had fled from high-security Burail Jail in Chandigarh by digging a 110-feet tunnel from his barrack in January 2004, was apprehended in Thailand yesterday.
According to Thai authorities, Tara entered Thailand as Gurmeet Singh in October and was arrested in the eastern Province of Chon Buri on Monday.
A team of Chon Buri Provincial police and soldiers raided a house on Soi Mabyailia in Tambon Nong Phreu in Bang Lamung district and arrested Gurmeet Singh, one of six militants convicted for the 1995 blast.
Officers also arrested Pakistan national Ali Alat, 48, the owner of the house. Alat said he was not aware of Gurmeet Singh’s criminal background.
The Indian government had been in touch with Thai authorities to nab Jagtar Tara Singh who had been hiding in Thailand for months and probably under another identity.