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Hawara’s wife moves court, wants marriage annulled
Sushil Goyal
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, November 22
Ms Balwinder Kaur wife of Jagtar Singh Hawara, chief of the Babbar Khalsa International in India, today filed a petition under Section 12 of the Hindu Marriage Act 1955 for annulment of her marriage to Hawara in a court here. The petition will come up for hearing tomorrow.

It is learnt that Balwinder Kaur has sought the annulment of her marriage to Hawara pleading she had been cheated by Hawara by introducing himself as Sahib Singh.

At the time of the marriage she and her family did not know that the man she was marrying was Jagtar Singh Hawara. Hawara was introduced to her and her family by Sukhdev Singh, a former Granthi of Dohla village (near Dhuri), as Sahib Singh, residing in Canada. Sukhdev Singh time and again requested her father for her marriage to Sahib Singh.

So her father agreed to her marriage to Sahib Singh. The marriage was solemnised in Gurdwara Sri Nankana Sahib, Sangrur, on May 11, 2005.

Ms Balwinder Kaur has also mentioned that she stayed with Sahib Singh for only 11 days. On June 13, 2005 a large number of policemen in vehicles surrounded the house of her father at 9.30 p.m. in Dohla village, near Dhuri. The family, including her father, mother, brother and sister, were taken forcibly to the Bahadur Singhwala interrogation centre. At this stage, she came to know that Sukhdev Singh and Jagtar Singh Hawara had played a fraud on her and her family by misrepresenting Hawara as Sahib Singh. Her consent for marriage to Hawara was obtained through fraud.

She has also mentioned that she had learnt that Hawara was already married and had not divorced his previous wife. Had she known that the man was Hawara and was already married, she would not have given her consent to the marriage. In the light of these circumstances, she prayed to the court to annul her marriage.

Ms Balwinder Kaur now is in judicial custody as she along with Sukhdev Singh, Amarjit Singh and Pargat Singh were reportedly arrested on June 19 in connection with a case registered against them under Sections 121,121 A, 122, 123, 124A, 153 A, 212 and 216 of the IPC and Sections 3/4/5 of the Explosive Substances Act 1908 and Sections 25, 54, 59 of the Arms Act at the Dhuri police station. The police allegedly had seized explosives and other ammunition from them in the area of Bhullarherri village, near Dhuri.


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