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India Attempts to Defame Sikhs in Bomb Blasts

October 17, 2007
Source: Khalsa Press

Ludhiana, Punjab (KP) – A recent bomb blast that took place at the city’s Shingar Cinema left six dead and over 30 injured. Immediately, authorities began to point fingers as Sikh organizations without studying the evidence. The bomb blast took place this past Sunday when the cinema hall was packed with mainly poor migrant workers who had come to watch the premier of the latest Bollywood comedy movie.

Forensic Science specialists have confirmed that about 500 grams of RDX was used in the blast. Initially it was held by Punjab Police officials that ammonium nitrate and calcium sulfate could have been used along with RDX, but the specialists have ruled out this speculation.

Although so far no group has come forward to take credit for the blast, the Punjab Police Officials had announced less than 6 hours after the attacks took place that the Sikh freedom groups, Babbar Khalsa International Organization and the Khalsa Commando Force were likely to be behind the attacks. It is also being explained that the Harkat-ul-Jehad-al-Islami (HuJI) organization which has roots in Bangladesh could have collaborated with the Khalistani freedom organizations on the blast.

Where the Punjab Police officials should have been commended for their swift efforts of unraveling the mysterious plot of the blast, they have actually become the subject of much disparagement by the people of Punjab. Panthic organizations too have lashed out at the Punjab Police for not finding any firm proof even though days have passed since the blast took place.

Capt. Amarinder Singh, the former Punjab Chief Minister, suggested that the Punjab Police should do investigation work into finding the actual criminals behind the blast. He held that in the past, the police teams have put the blame on organizations such as the Babbar Khalsa and other organizations without any forethought on the evidence present.

Former Punjab Chief Minister also suggested that Parkash Badal’s Government should hold meetings of all party officials to come up with solutions to these problems. He said that ever since the new Government has been formed, the communal harmony of Punjab has been disturbed.

Punjab Police however is swift in its stand of putting the blame on the Babbar Khalsa Organization. Police officials have come forward to accept the latest revelations of the forensic science team and have stated that in the past, Babbar Khalsa has used RDX in many of its operations. The Shingar Cinema incident is also being allegedly linked to the bomb blasts that took place in New Delhi, even though those were shown not to have any links to Sikh groups.

Similar to the “guess and blame” strategy of the Punjab Police, New Delhi also had failed to find any evidence in the tragic bomb blasts and put the blame on Babbar Khalsa International—as during that time, they needed Jagtar Singh Hawara to swear in some court cases that were pending there. Hawara, however, openly condemned the Delhi blasts in the court hearings and held that the Babbar Khalsa Organization was committed to form a separate Sikh Nation but it has never targeted innocents in any of its operations as that is against Sikh ethics.

In recent press reports, the Babbar Khalsa and Dal Khalsa has openly codemned Ludhiana incident and stated that their organizations had nothing to do with the violence. A Babbar Khalsa spokesman stated that harming innocent civilians was against the tenants of the Sikh religion.


2 Comments

  1. Kartar Singh Sarabha October 19, 2007, 5:23 am

    Ludhiana attacks- Again Indian Gov attempts to Tarnish Sikhs.

    Numerous, credible ex-government officials have previously exposed the how the indian government has attacked its own people to justify a further clampdown on civil rights for Sikhs and to justify additional arrests and torture of prominent members of the Sikh community. With State run media and puppets like KPS Gill to back them, the blame is passed on to so called "Sikh insurgents".

    After decades of police brutality, in recent months Punjabi sikhs have challanged government funded Dera's and slogans such as "khalistan Zindabad" have been heard in Punjab. Fearing that Sikhs may use this as a platform to demand Human & Religious Rights, the Government is now trying to tarnish the Sikh image once again.

    I am sure more will follow, and the blame will be passed on to Groups like Babbar Khalsa promptly without any evidence.

    The real terrorist is the Indian Government!

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  2. GSingh Detroit October 22, 2007, 6:08 am

    Its amazing how quick the police officials try and blame it on a organization. America was even slow at announcing the 9-11 attacks were done by Osama bin Laden, even when they knew it was him. They did not hold any one accountable till after they had confirmed it.

    This was another said attempt at trying to place blame on a organization in order to establish them as "terrorist organization" and further create fear and hatered towards the Sikhs with in the state. In my opinion this was an attempt to prevent the organization from gaining support with in the Sikh state.

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