Chandigarh — Fifty three NSA detainees of Punjab were released on Saturday following the withdrawal of detention cases against them by the state Government. Three of them belong to the Hindu. Suraksha Samity, including its leader, Mr. Jagdish Chand Targri.

Five of those released were put in jails outside Punjab, official sources said while declining to give their names.

About 50 detainees belonged to the All India Sikh Students Federation and the Akali Dal and faced charges of seditious activities. Mr. Prem Singh Chandumajra, president of the Akali Dal’s youth wing, is not among those released.

Mr. Tangri faced some other charges under the IPC which are likely to be withdrawn in the next few days. Some other top rung Akali, AISSF and Suraksha Samiti leaders have also not been released.


The official spokesman did not disclose the names of persons released, apparently because the state Government does not want to play up the follow-up action on the Home Minister’s announcement in Parliament in this respect. The names of about 200 detainees who were released in the past few months were also not announced by the Government.

Article extracted from this publication >>  April 26, 1985