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Assassin of Former Chief Minister Beant Singh Caught in Thailand

Beant-SinghThai police say they have arrested a fugitive Sikh militant convicted for his involvement in a 1995 bomb attack that killed Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh and 15 other people.

Gurmeet Singh fled a high-security prison in 2004 in Chandigarh before receiving a life sentence in 2007. He is one of six Sikh militants convicted for the blast outside government headquarters in Punjab.

The bomb, planted in the Chief Minister’s bulletproof car, exploded and immediately killed the leader and 12 of his staff and armed guards. Three others who were wounded died later.

The Babbar Khalsa International, a Sikh separatist group, claimed responsibility for the assassination. As Chief Minister, Mr. Singh focused on crushing the Sikh militancy, leaving hundreds dead in encounters with police.

His fugitive assassin entered Thailand in October and was arrested Monday in the eastern province of Chonburi, Thai National police spokesman Lt General Prawut Thawornsiri said.

“It took quite some time to arrest him. We had been following him for a while, but at one point he slipped off the radar,” he said.

Singh, 37, faces extradition to India.

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