Justice Rally On July 17 For Release Of Sikhs On Death Row; Sarabjit And Professor Bhullar Deserve Equal Treatment: Peer Mohammad
Published: June 29, 2012
Chandigarh/New Delhi (June 29, 2012): A press released sent on behalf of Karnail Singh Peer Mohammad, President of AISSF (Peer Mohammad) claims that encouraged by the recent stand taken by Government of India seeking clemency for Sarabjit Singh who is on “Death Row” in Pakistan, All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) and “Sikhs For Justice” (SFJ) announced to renew its efforts for commutation of death sentence of Professor Devenderpal Singh Bhullar and other Sikhs who are on death row in India. Ever since Government of India recommended execution of Professor Bhullar, AISSF and SFJ has been canvassing for the commutation of his sentence based on humanitarian grounds as Prof. Bhullar has been in solitary confinement for seventeen years and is admitted in the hospital.
The Peer Mohammad Federation and SFJ announced to hold a “Justice Rally” on July 17 in front of the Parliament of India to secure the release of Professor Bhullar and other Sikhs who are on death row in India. The “Justice Rally” will expose stark contradiction in India’s stand on the issue of death sentence and will demand abandoning the double standards on “Death Penalty” and uniform treatment of the cases of Sarabjit and Professor Bhullar.
Ironically, there are stark similarities between the cases of Sarabjit and Professor Bhullar; both have been convicted for carrying out bomb blasts in Pakistan and India, respectively; both cases are based on confessional statements in police custody; both have been in custody for more than life term; and lastly Presidents of Pakistan and India have already turned down their clemency pleas.
“When two Sikhs, Prof. Bhullar and Sarabjit, are convicted of identical crime, why Indian Government is seeking clemency for Sarabjit and recommending execution of Prof. Bhullar”, questioned AISSF President Karnail Singh Peermohammad. Apparently Indian Government is interested in the clemency of Sarabjit Singh from Pakistan while completely ignoring the clemency requests for Prof. Bhullar and many other Sikhs who are on death row in India, stated Peermohammad.
While SM Krishna and Perneet Kaur, are vehemently appealing Pakistan to release Sarabjit Singh on humanitarian grounds, on the other hand Indian Government has always shown a merciless attitude in the cases of Sikhs who have been awarded death sentence in India added Peermohammad. Since 1984 several Sikhs have been hanged to death by the Government of India including Satwant Singh, Kehar Singh, Harjinder Singh Jinda and Sukhdev Singh Sukha and many others including Professor Bhullar are still facing execution.
Peer Mohammad Federation and SFJ urged SAD (Badal), SGPC, SAD (Amritsar), SAD (Panch Pardhani), DSGMC, Damdami Taksal and other Panthic organizations to join July 17 Justice Rally to secure the release of Professor Bhullar and other Sikhs who are facing execution in India.