“Dead Men Do Speak”: Two Separate and Disturbing Developments in Punjab’s Courts – Victims of Fake Encounters Claimed as Sikh ‘Militants’ Alive and Still in Danger, Actual Victims Were Innocent Sikhs.” FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 18, 2023 As legal cases continue their slow march through Punjab’s courts, two remarkable and deeply troubling developments have finally […]
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Landmark Verdict – Life Imprisonment for Punjab Police Officers in 31-Year-Old Fake Police Encounter Case Here are the key details: 1. **Conviction:** Retired DSP Gurdev Singh, retired inspector Dharam Singh, and Surinder Singh have been sentenced to life imprisonment under section 302 (Murder) and fined Rs. 200,000 each. Additionally, they were fined […]
Press Release CBI Special Court convicts former Punjab Police inspector for 1991 abduction and disappearance of PSEB employee. 31 January 2022. CBI Special Court Mohali – CBI Judge Harinder Sidhu convicted former Inspector Major Singh, then SHO of police station Sadar, Tarn Taran for the kidnapping, abduction, illegal detention and disappearance of Santokh Singh in […]
Joint Press Note The 26th of January Republic Day Farmers Protest and forcible attempts to remove peaceful protestors. At least one person killed. 200 detained, protesters arbitrary beaten and registration of false criminal cases against the protesting leadership. We write with collective concern as to farmers protest in Delhi which took place on […]
In Punjab, families of the ‘disappeared’ await justice The narrative to discredit the farmers protest harks back to a long dead secessionist movement for Khalistan. But what really remains of the Punjab conflict is hundreds of families, whose sons they say were killed by the police and mass cremated, still awaiting justice. By Asmita Bakshi […]
Press Note: Farmers in India and the fundamental right to protest International Human Rights Day 2020 As the protests against India’s new farming laws intensify across India, the Government of India has an obligation to protect and uphold protestors human rights, not to demonise them. Weeks of protests by farmers from Punjab […]
Vikas Dubey’s Killing Reminds Punjab of 2,000+ ‘Disappearances’ During Insurgency When rule of law is replaced by extrajudicial killings and fake encounters, it means democracy has been replaced by anarchy, say human rights lawyers. Chandigarh: As the country debates the truth of the Uttar Pradesh police’s official narrative of gangster Vikas Dubey’s death – a car accident, an […]
Press Release: 16th October 2019
Punjab Government move to secretly release up to 15 police officers convicted of Fake Encounters and Extra-Judicial Killings is unlawful, arbitrary and unconstitutional.
We the undersigned are united in our condemnation of the Punjab Government reported decision to recommend to the central government the premature release of Punjab police officers whose names have not been disclosed but have been convicted of heinous crimes during the insurgency and counter-insurgency period, is unlawful, arbitrary and unconstitutional. The CBI Special Court has convicted a number of Punjab police personnel for offences including murder, abduction with intent to murder, kidnapping, extorting money, preparing fake records, fabricating evidence and secretly and illegally cremating dead bodies as “unclaimed and unidentified”.
With the CBI special Court in Mohali, having recently convicted 9 police officers in 4 separate trials, any attempt to release those already serving sentences make a mockery of the law and undermines efforts to secure justice in remaining 40 cases which are pending in the CBI Court Mohali or the Punjab and Haryana High Court. In all these cases the victims were found to be innocent and the police officers were found to have killed in cold blood or had abducted and enforced disappeared the victims.
We strongly oppose any external attempts by the Punjab or Central Government, or Punjab Police to interfere with the judicial process and prosecutions which were undertaken by the CBI over two decades ago and are now resulting in convictions of police officers who have evaded the law for the last two and half decades.
We take serious issue, with the contention that a “sympathetic view” or leniency should be shown towards those convicted of these heinous criminal offences, which are aggravated by the perpetrators doing so in police uniform. Whilst the majority of the accused in these cases have never been dismissed from service and have enjoyed all the perks, salaries, in many cases pensions throughout their entire career and have been supported by a secret fund even as convicted criminals. Whereas, the victim families have suffered in abject poverty, with the main breadwinner of their family having been murdered in cold blood and have waited endlessly over 26 years for these trials to commence and conclude, which have been delayed by the manipulation of legal procedures by certain accused police officers and arbitrary stays imposed.
The names approved and/or recommended for release should be disclosed immediately so that the victim’s kin can challenge why this move is arbitrary, illegal and unlawful.
We remind the Chief Minister of Punjab, his public commitments to the victims of extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances that his government would punish and prosecute offenders and that these killers in uniform do not remain above the law. We have every expectation that justice will be done and those serving life sentence, will remain behind bars.
Punjab Human Rights Organisation (PHRO): -Chairman Justice Ajit Singh Bains, Advocate Rajwinder Singh Bains, Advocate Sarbjit Singh Verka, Punjab Documentation & Advocacy Project (PDAP): Satnam Singh Bains, Barrister, Advocate Jagjit Singh Bajwa, Jaswant Kaur, Advocate Pushpinder Singh Natt, Baljinder Singh Khalra Mission Organisation (KMO):, Mrs Paramjit Kaur Khalra. Lawyers for Human Rights International (LFHI):– Advocate Navkiran Singh, Advocate, Amar Singh Chahal, Advocate Barjinder Singh Sodhi, Advocate Amar Singh Chahal. Advocate Jaspal Singh Manjpur. People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) – Arjun Sheoran Committee for Coordination on Disappearances in Punjab (CCDP):– Sardar Gurtej Singh IAS, Advocate Harshinder Singh. Human Rights Law Network (HRLN)– Senior Supreme Court Advocate Colin Gonsalves and Advocate Veena
Petition filed in Supreme Court of 8000 Killings & Disappearances by the Punjab Police During Militancy & Screening of Documentary Punjab Disappeared in Amritsar Date: 7 July 2019, at 5:30 PM Sub: Documentary Screening &Press Conference at 5:30 PM today at the Indian Academy of Fine Arts, Madan Mohan Malviya Road, Amritsar. A PIL concerning […]