Balwant Singh is a former Punjab police constable, who was convicted for his involvement in the explosion outside the Punjab Civil Secretariat that killed the former Chief Minister of Punjab Beant Singh on 31 August 1995.Growing up in Rajoana Kalan, he studied in the neighbouring village Heran till the eleventh standard.After completing his formal education in 1987, Balwant Singh was given a job in the Punjab Police as a constable under the governments welfare scheme following his fathers death.Rajoanas father, Malkeet Singh, was killed by terrorists. Apparently, the terrorists had come to kill Malkeets brother. However, while resisting the terrorists, Malkeet Singh was shot dead.During the insurgency in Punjab, Balwant Singhs friend Harpinder Singh Goldy was shot dead by the Punjab Police as they suspected that he was a militant. Goldy had two sisters, Amandeep Kaur and Kamaldeep Kaur. After Goldy came under suspicion of Punjab Police, his sister Amandeep Kaur was abducted, tortured, raped, and then killed by the Punjab Police in 1992. Balwant Singh Rajoanas friend, Harpinder Singh Goldy Harpinder Singh Goldys sister Amandeep Kaur.In 1993, Balwant Singh Rajoana was legally adopted by Goldys parents, Jaswant Singh and Surjit Kaur. While Surjit Kaur died in 2013 after being electrocuted by a defective electric fan, Jaswant Singh died on 22 January 2022. Rajoanas foster sister Kamaldeep Kaur is a politician, who contested the Sangrur Lok Sabha seat in Punjab as the joint candidate of the SAD-BSP when a bypoll was declared on the seat in 2022. Balwant Singh Rajoana with his foster sister Kamaldeep Kaur.Rajoana was deputed as a private security officer with a journalist of a vernacular daily in Patiala in 1993.On 31 August 1995, Dilawar Singh slipped into his uniform and strapped 1.5 kg of explosives in a bandolier-shaped belt around his waist and reached the secretariat complex in a freshly painted white Ambassador bearing Delhi licence plates, along with Balwant Singh Rajoana (the backup bomber). Reportedly, Dilawar and Balwant had tossed a coin to decide who would become the suicide bomber. After a while when Balwant left, Dilawar scribbled on a piece of paper, Je mein shaheedan di yaad wich geet na gaaye, teh ohna diyan ruhan Kuralun giyan. (If I dont recite rhymes in memory of the martyrs their souls would be tormented) At 5.10 p.m., three white Ambassadors pulled up near the VIP portico at the Secretariat Complex, to pick up Beant Singh. Just when Beant Singh was about to step into the car, Dilawar walked toward his bullet-proof car and pressed the button of the bomb. At the secretariat, Apparently, no one suspected anything as Dilawar Singh approached the CMs car in the police uniform with files in his hand. The blast claimed the lives of 17 others including 3 Indian commandos. Beant Singh was accompanied by his close friend Ranjodh Singh Mann on the day of the assassination. A picture clicked outside the Secretariat Complex, Chandigarh, after the suicide bomber Dilawar Singh Babbar assassinated Beant Singh in 1995 In September 1995, Chandigarh Police recovered an abandoned Ambassador car with a Delhi number which led to the arrest of the first convict Lakhwinder Singh. In February 1996, charges were framed against Gurmeet Singh, Naseeb Singh, Lakhwinder Singh, Navjot Singh, Jagtar Singh Tara, Shamsher Singh, Jagtar Singh Hawara, Balwant Singh Rajoana, and Paramjit Singh Bheora.Rajoana confessed his crimes in the makeshift courtroom of Burail Jail, Chandigarh, on 25 December 1997. Before being silenced, Rajoana raised pro-Khalistan slogans, Khalistan zindabad, Bhai Dilawar Singh zindabad!.In his testimony, Balwant Singh revealed that he had purchased nuts & bolts and ball bearings from a Patiala scrap market to stuff into the bomb for the maximum capacity. Balwant said that Beant Singh became the Chief Minister of a terrorism-ridden Punjab in 1992 in the aftermath of Operation Blue Star, the assassination of Indira Gandhi, and the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. He accused Beant Singh of approving fake encounter killings, abductions, and secret cremations by the Punjab Police during the insurgency in the state. While expressing the deep wounds on the Sikh psyche caused by the events, Balwant Singh, during his trial, asked the Chief Justice, Who were the terrorists: those who did these acts or those who defended the victims?Human beings can fight such injustice and oppression only by becoming human bombs and sacrificing themselves..