CHANDIGARH, PUNJAB (KP) – In another harsh blow to justice, while the Sikh nation was agitating for the unconditional release of Sikhs who were being illegally incarcerated, Indian authorities sentenced three other Sikhs with ten year sentences under the 1967 “Unlawful Activities Act.” According to various press reports, these were the first ever convictions under this archaic act.
The three convicted Sikhs, Bhai Pal Singh (former resident of France), Bhai Gurmukh Singh (resident of Pandori Mehima, Amritsar), and Bhai Makhan Singh (resident of Nurpur Jattan, Hosharipur) were charged under the Arms Act, Explosives Act, and the Unlawful Activities Act.
All three men have denied committing any subversive acts, and stated that these charges were fabricated by police officials.
Another Sikh, Bhai Kulwant Singh Varpal, who was also linked with the above three individuals was murdered in prison under mysterious circumstances after being barbarically tortured by police officials.
- Pal Singh (France)
Dismal Police Human Rights Record
The Punjab police alleged that all three of the Sikhs were associated with Babbar Khalsa International, yet failed to provide any concrete evidence of these allegations.
Human rights organizations have generally regarded the Punjab police as one of the most corrupt, ruthless and lawless police forces of Asia, and criticized the Indian Judiciary for allowing their concocted "evidence" and "charges" into the courts.
General Secretary, Lawyers for Human Rights International, stated to the Asian Human Rights Commission that:
In 2005 report, Human Rights organization ENSAAF reported:
Reacting to the sentence, Bhai Pal Singh stated “When I lived abroad, I used to hear and read that there was injustice against the Sikhs in Punjab, now I have witnessed it myself and endured it on my own body…”
Bhai Lal Singh Released on Bail
In the meantime, Bhai Lal Singh, a Sikh prisoner who was still lodged in Punjab’s Nabha Jail despite serving his legal sentence, was temporarily released on bail by the Punjab Government. Bhai Lal Singh arrived at Gurdwara Amb Sahib, in Mohali, Punjab to meet Bhai Gurbaksh Singh who has been on an indefinite hunger strike protesting the illegal incarceration of various Sikhs in Indian prisons, including Bhai Lal Singh.
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