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Court summons former police officer in 1985 blast case


New Delhi : After repeatedly asking a retired Delhi Police official to depose in a 23-year-old transistor bomb blast case, a city court Monday issued a bailable warrant against him.

“ACP (assistant commissioner of police) Dharam Pal is absent despite issuing of summons. Issue bailable warrant in the sum of Rs.500, to be executed through the commissioner of police,” Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Kumar said.

Pal’s presence was sought by the court to assist it in the trial of the case but despite repeated summons, he had failed to appear.

The court also issued bailable warrant against witness Devaram, who too has failed to appear in court, and Gurucharan Das, at present posted as ACP (Kamla Market).

In May 1985, a series of blasts in transistor-like contraptions in buses and public places in Delhi, Sonepat and Sahibabad by alleged sympathisers of separate Khalistan had killed 59 people and injured 65 others.

As many as 39 persons, including the alleged mastermind Kartar Singh Narang, a Delhi-based lawyer who has since died, were charged with murder and conspiring to wage war against the state. Many others were booked under less stringent provisions of the law.