Beantís family say law should take its course, no vendetta
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Two families on the opposite sides of the law have been united by one issue: the final outcome. While the family of slain Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh say the law should take its course on the decision to hang alleged Khalsa terrorist Balwant Singh, the latter's family say they were prepared for the outcome as it is what Balwant had always sought.
" Balwant Singh was prepared to die 17 years ago and so are we", say his family members. The former chief minister's family, however, say they respect the court's decision.
"We have nothing to say actually. We are not interfering in this case and while we do not nurture any kind of revenge or vendetta against anyone, want the law to take its own course. This is actually how our family feels," said Gurkirat Singh Kotli, Khanna MLA and grandson of former chief minister Beant Singh.
" My father Tej Parkash Singh too holds the same view," Kotli adds.
Meanwhile Kamaljeet Kaur, Balwant Singh's foster sister who lives in Flower Enclave, Dugri said: " My brother did not hire any lawyer all this time. He had told the court that he was responsible for killing of Beant Singh and had even cited his reasons.
"Like him we are very clear on the issue. We as his family are mentally prepared that he will be hanged one day. It was my brother's wish that the day his date for hanging is fixed, people who believe in him should hoist the Sikh flag atop their roofs. We have done that today".
Balwant Singh's 23-year-old nephew, Ravneet Singh, who still to graduate, adds: "My Chachaji is ready to die and so are we."
The family says they will meet Balwant this weekend to complete some formalities. " He has willed that his body and eyes be donated for the cause of humanity," they said.
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