Chandigarh – Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has urged the Central government to withdraw its appeal in the Punjab and Haryana High Court against the award of compensation to those arrested and detained in the Jodhpur prison following ‘Operation Bluestar’ in June 1984.Singh has appealed to the Central government to pay, without further delay, half the compensation amount of Rs 4.5 crore that was awarded by the District and Sessions Court of Amritsar in April last year. In a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, the Chief Minister on Wednesday said the Central government’s appeal against the compensation, which the court had held to be jointly payable by the Union and state governments, had evoked a strong reaction amongst the Sikh community. “It is further likely to lead to an avoidable sense of alienation and perceived injustice among the community,” the Chief Minister warned.A total of 375 persons were arrested and detained in Jodhpur jail in the wake of Operation Bluestar, and were later released in three batches, between March 1989 and July 1991. Of these, 224 detainees had appealed for compensation in the lower court, alleging ‘wrongful detention and torture’ but they failed to get any relief from the court in 2011. “However, 40 of the detainees went in appeal to the District and Sessions Court, Amritsar, and were awarded Rs 4 lakh each as compensation with 6 per cent interest from the date of filing of the appeal to payment of compensation in April last year. The total compensation, including interest, worked out to Rs 4.5 crore rupees approximately,” the Chief Minister pointed out.
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