Ludhiana, Punjab (March 31, 2012): Last two days were days of suspicion and rumours. Many Sikh sections believed that the government of India could go to any extent to hang Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana on March 31, 2012. This belief was not a mere baseless suspicion; the track record of Governmt of India supports it. In 1992 Bhai Harjinder Singh (Jinda) and Bhai Sukhdev Singh (Sukha) were scheduled to be hanged on October 9. Both had decided not to appeal against death sentence awarded by Indian Courts. A Chandigarh based Sikh moved a petition to the President of India u/Article 72 of Indian Constitution. The Cabinet of Government of India held a late night meeting on October 8, 1992 to reject the petition and clear the hanging of Bhai Sukha-Jinda. Accordingly they were hanged on October 9, 1992 @ 4 am IST.
Patiala, Punjab (March 31, 2012): As per information available with Sikh Siyasat, Paramjeet Singh, fourth Sikh who was injured during clash at Arya Samaj area of Patiala, is also removed from Rajindra Hospital by Patiala police. Reliable sources revealed that Paramjeet Singh got discharged from hospital by the Police and was immediately arrested from the Hospital premiss yesterday evening.
Gurdaspur, Punjab (March 30, 2012): On March 30, 2012, a day after the killing of a Sikh youth, Jaspal Singh in police firing; the Gurdaspur city continued to remain tense on Friday and also under curfew. The curfew however was relaxed for two hours from 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm for the convenience of the residents.
As per reports, in a complaint to the police, Gurcharanjit Singh father of the deceased has alleged that assistant sub-inspector Joginder Singh had allegedly shot dead his son. But the police has registered a case under section 302 Indian penal code (IPC) “against unknown persons” after death of Sikh boy. No arrest has been made yet.
New Delhi, India (March 30, 2012): Supreme court of India today refused to entertain the petition seeking stay on hanging of Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana, filed by an Advocate in Public interest.
Earlier today LFHRI withdrew it’s petition seeking stay on execution of Balwant Singh Rajoana. As the death sentence of Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana is already temporarily stayed by Government of India as a part of procedure followed in entertaining the Presidential review petition moved by SGPC under Article 72 of the Constitution of India, therefore LFHRI decided to withdraw the petition from Supreme Court to avoid any adverse effects.
Lucknow, India (March 30, 2012): Twenty years after a case of staged shoot-out, a CBI court in Ghaziabad on Thursday held 17 policemen guilty and sentenced 16 of them to life imprisonment on March 29, 2012, making it perhaps the largest number of cops convicted for life at one go in the country. They were convicted of killing a Sikh, Jaivender Singh Jasna of Amritsar, in a fake encounter in 1992.
Patiala, Punjab (March 29, 2012): As per information received from Sikh Siyasat sources, three young Sikhs who were injured by police beating at Arya Samaj Patiala yesterday (March 28, 2012) are falsely charged with serious offences including “attempt to murder” under section 307 IPC.
Ludhaina, Punjab (March 28, 2012): The Punjab police has tightened the grip on Sikhs in Punjab, and a number of Sikhs are arrested today. Sikh leaders of Nawanshehr district who were arrested yesterday, were able to secure bail today but they were rearrested.
New Delhi, India (March 29, 2012): Indian judiciary’s intentions does not seem to be good for Punjab and it’s people. Indian Courts that failed to nail culprits of major human rights violations, including those occurred with in it’s vicinity – such as Sikh genocide 1984, are proactive in issuing “observations” on current situation in Punjab.
As per reports Supreme Court sharply criticised the move against death sentence of Balwant Singh Rajoana. Punjab government headed by Parkash Singh Badal is reported to have come under sharp criticism from Supreme court of India.
Amritsar, Punjab (March 29, 2012): Ten Sikhs are reported to have been arrested by the Amritsar police. Confirming the arrest of ten Sikhs, Police Commissioner Amritdsar R.P. Mittal said that these were arrested under the “preventive measures” of under section of 107/51 IPC.
Gurdaspur/Patiala, Punjab (March 29, 2012): As per information available from various sources the police today opened fire on Sikhs who had gathered at a Gurudwara Sahib in Gurdaspur to prevent right wing Hindu organization Shiv Sena from burning effigy of Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana, a Sikh political prisoner who is on death row.
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