Human Rights Watch: Government needs to address all state-sponsored abuse in Punjab

September 30, 2005 | Comments Off on Human Rights Watch: Government needs to address all state-sponsored abuse in Punjab

Meenakshi Ganguly of Human Rights Watch recently wrote an article stating that although the Indian government has recently acknowledged its role in the 1984 pogroms, it still has a long way to go in addressing the systematic perpetration of human rights violations by Indian security forces. Last month, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh apologized for the […]

Recent news on abuses by Punjab Police

September 26, 2005 | Comments Off on Recent news on abuses by Punjab Police

Bringing the focus back to systematic human rights abuses committed by the Punjab police during the counter-insurgency of the 1980s and 1990s, a man allegedly killed in a police encounter has resurfaced: [Jagdeesh Singh Deesha] was declared dead in one such encounter in 1993 for which 24 police officials, including a serving SSP, got awards and […]

After being exonerated by the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation), Senior Superintendent of Police Farooq Khan was reinstated on September 14. He had been suspended in 2003 on charges of five fake killings in Pathribal in 2000. The Pathribal killings were the joint response of the Indian Army and the police to the Chittisinghpora massacre. […]

Frontline article on Nanavati Commission Report

September 21, 2005 | Comments Off on Frontline article on Nanavati Commission Report

A recent article in Frontline discusses the reaction of the survivors of the 1984 pogroms to the Nanavati Report, also mentioning ENSAAF. The Frontline article observes that the Nanavati Commission report has recast the 1984 massacres in a way that is palatable to the state. This cover-up by the state and its failure to acknowledge its […]

Police stations raided in search of missing man

September 20, 2005 | Comments Off on Police stations raided in search of missing man

In another case of “disappearance” by Punjab police, Anil Jain is missing five days after his wife saw him taken into police custody. According to his wife, Anil Jain was taken into police custody on September 15 and has not been seen since. His wife, Sangeeta Jain then filed a writ petition with the Punjab […]

Court orders CBI probe fifteen years after disappearance

September 15, 2005 | Comments Off on Court orders CBI probe fifteen years after disappearance

More than fifteen years after Palwinder Singh of Kapurthala was killed in a fake encounter, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has finally ordered a CBI probe into his death. The court issused these orders after Darshan Singh, Palwinder Singh’s father, filed a petition to establish an independent probe into the case. Darshan Singh says […]

Government announces compensation for 1984 victims

September 14, 2005 | Comments Off on Government announces compensation for 1984 victims

On September 12, the Delhi government announced a Rs 1.25 lakh compensation for each of 2,996 people injured in the 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms. This decision by the Delhi Cabinet was made after the Delhi High Court ordered the state government to compensate those injured based on a plea filed by Manjit Singh, a victim of the […]

Police beat and prevent man under trial from appearing in court

September 10, 2005 | Comments Off on Police beat and prevent man under trial from appearing in court

On September 8, Balwinder Singh, a man under trial, was beaten by Punjab police officers at a Ludhiana court and prevented from appearing before the judge. An Indian Express correspondent saw seven to eight police officers shoving Balwinder Singh into a van. He shouted to the correspendent: My name is Balwinder Singh. I am facing […]

Amnesty International: EU should press India to abolish death penalty

September 9, 2005 | Comments Off on Amnesty International: EU should press India to abolish death penalty

Amnesty International has sent a briefing paper to the UK Presidency of the European Union stating that India should abolish the death penalty. The Amnesty International paper suggested that the EU use the September 7 EU-India summit to encourage India to set an example for the rest of Asia and abolish the death penalty. “As […]

10 Year Anniversary of the Disappearance of Human Rights Defender Jaswant Singh Khalra

September 7, 2005 | Comments Off on 10 Year Anniversary of the Disappearance of Human Rights Defender Jaswant Singh Khalra

Ten years ago on September 6, 1995, Indian security forces abducted human rights defender Jaswant Singh Khalra because of his courageous work exposing the “disappearances” and killings of thousands of Sikhs in the state of Punjab. Indian security forces subsequently tortured and murdered Mr. Khalra in late October 1995. A decade on, the Indian government has failed […]

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