Police officers booked for 1988 killing

January 29, 2006 | Comments Off on Police officers booked for 1988 killing

More than seventeen years after police officers killed Satnam Singh of Mohadian village, the Punjab police finally registered a case against the accused officers. The police officers allegedly killed Satnam Singh in a fake encounter on August 9, 1988. The move by the Punjab police to register the case only occurred after the Punjab and […]

Court orders compensation for 1984 victims

January 27, 2006 | Comments Off on Court orders compensation for 1984 victims

The Madhya Pradesh High Court has ordered the Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh Governments pay compensation to the families of the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms by April 30. The High Court directed the state governments to provide Rs two lakh as ex-gratia to the family of the deceased victims and 40 per cent of […]

Custodial death of Gurmail Singh

January 25, 2006 | Comments Off on Custodial death of Gurmail Singh

Gurmail Singh, a resident of Kakrali village in Dera Bassi, died in police custody in Rajpura the morning of January 4. According to his father, Charan Singh, the Rajpura Railway Police picked up Gurmail Singh from his residence on January 2 around 6 am and said that they were taking him to Rajpura. The police […]

Human Rights Watch has released its annual report examining human rights developments in more than 70 countries during 2005. According to the report, the human rights situation has worsened across South Asia, as Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal all violated human rights while attempting to put down rebellions. Although the report commented that […]

Update to the Ajmer Singh Case

January 23, 2006 | Comments Off on Update to the Ajmer Singh Case

The Tribune reports that the Punjab police wrongfully confined Sikh author Ajmer Singh for over eighteen hours on January 6. Police officers arrived at Ajmer Singh’s residence around 9pm to arrest him on charges dating back to 1970 that the state government had dropped in 2001. The police officers showed no search or arrest warrants. […]

CBI reopens cases against MP Sajjan Kumar

January 20, 2006 | Comments Off on CBI reopens cases against MP Sajjan Kumar

At the request of the Union Home Ministry, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has moved the trial court in New Delhi to reopen the cases against Congress MP Sajjan Kumar for his role in the 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms. The CBI is also seeking the original documents of the cases, which had been closed without […]

Relief package for 1984 victims

January 20, 2006 | Comments Off on Relief package for 1984 victims

On December 29, the Indian government approved a Rs 715 crore ($158 million) relief package for victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms. Two months prior to this, two committees from the Ministry of Home Affairs recommended that the government pay about Rs 1,000 crore in compensation. The package takes into account earlier payments, and provides […]

Update: Police Release Ajmer Singh

January 6, 2006 | Comments Off on Update: Police Release Ajmer Singh

The Indian police have released Sikh author Ajmer Singh, arbitrarily detained the night of January 5, 2005. Despite denials of his detention by Chandigarh and Punjab police, his lawyer Navkiran Singh learned that Ajmer Singh was being detained by Sector 11 Crime Branch police. Ajmer Singh’s lawyer announced this finding at a press conference, forcing the […]

Arbitrary Detention/Fear of Torture of Sikh Author Ajmer Singh

January 6, 2006 | Comments Off on Arbitrary Detention/Fear of Torture of Sikh Author Ajmer Singh

On the evening of Thursday, January 5, 2006, Indian police abducted Sikh author Ajmer Singh from a residence in Chandigarh, India. The police have refused to reveal Singh’s whereabouts to his family or acknowledge his detention. The police failed to invoke a legal basis for the deprivation of liberty, violated Indian laws on arrest and […]