Sikh political leaders jailed for sedition; Allegations of Torture

June 24, 2005 | Comments Off on Sikh political leaders jailed for sedition; Allegations of Torture

Simranjit Singh Mann, leader of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Mann) and former Member of Parliament, was arrested on June 14 for making speeches in favor of an independent Sikh state.  He was charged with sedition.  In the following days, the police arrested other members of his party.

Although Mann was placed in jucidial custody, the police procured his custody against normal procedure.  While he was under police custody, Mann stated that he was
tortured and was going to be extrajudicially executed:

After getting a communication from Mr Mann, that he feared a threat to life as he was abused and tortured by police personnel while being taken from one place to another for interrogation, Deputy Commissioner, Ropar, H.I.S Garewal, reached the spot and took him in his official car from Ropar to Central Jail, Ludhiana.

Talking to The Tribune over phone on the way to Ludhiana along with Mr Mann, the Deputy Commissioner, said that he was taking Mr Mann to the Central Jail, Ludhiana, as he had received a complaint of torture by police personnel.

On June 17, the magistrate placed Mann in judicial custody for 14 days.  The next hearing in his case will be on July 1.  Mann’s bail application was denied on June 22.


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