Mother testifies against police officer Sumedh Saini

August 19, 2008 | Comments Off on Mother testifies against police officer Sumedh Saini

After 14 years, a city court in New Dehli finally recorded 86-year old Amar Kaur’s testimony in the case about the disappearances of her son, son-in-law, and their driver.
Charges in this case were framed on December 6th, 2006. Amar Kaur alleges that police officer Sumedh Singh Saini, then Senior Superintendent of police, and three other police […]

Ensaaf Resumes Blog

August 19, 2008 | Comments Off on Ensaaf Resumes Blog

Ensaaf’s blog is resuming after over a year’s hiatus. Stay tuned for coverage on Punjab human rights issues. Here are some highlights from the past year: In October 2007, Ensaaf and Human Rights Watch released a joint report, video testimonials, and photo essay. The report, Protecting the Killers, A Policy of Impunity in Punjab, India, […]

In March, the Institute of Correctional Administration (ICA), based in Chandigarh, released a report regarding the prevalence of torture among Punjab Police entitled “Custodial Deaths and Human Rights Commission – an analysis of its role and prevention.” The report’s author Dr. Upneet Lalli, Deputy Director of the ICA, interviewed 150 police officials for the study. […]

Punjab State Agencies Respond to Torture Cases

April 5, 2007 | Comments Off on Punjab State Agencies Respond to Torture Cases

The Punjab State Human Rights Commission (PSHRC) last month recommended that the Punjab Government pay Rs. 25,000 to a man from Mohali who was allegedly tortured by local police.  The Commission determined that the nature of the injuries prima facie suffered by the victim warranted immediate interim relief. According to the Times of India, the […]

U.S. State Dept. Releases 2006 India Country Report on Human Rights Practices

March 29, 2007 | Comments Off on U.S. State Dept. Releases 2006 India Country Report on Human Rights Practices

On March 6, 2007, the U.S. State Department released its annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.  According to the State Department, India “generally respected the rights of its citizens; however, numerous serious problems remained.” Among those serious problems, the State Department cited the lack of progress in holding police and security officials accountable for […]

On December 23, 2006, Jalandhar and Ropar police officials arrested three Sikhs, Amolak Singh, Jasvinder Singh, and Parmjeet Singh Dhadi, on suspicion of planning terrorist activities to disrupt next year’s assembly elections in Punjab.  Mr. Dhadi, a UK citizen, claims to have been tortured in Jalandhar police custody. They have since been transferred to the high-security […]

December 2006 Issue of Ensaaf DISPATCH

January 9, 2007 | Comments Off on December 2006 Issue of Ensaaf DISPATCH

Ensaaf has released the December 2006 issue of its quarterly newsletter, the Ensaaf DISPATCH (pdf). This DISPATCH includes the following articles: NHRC Issues Final Order: Denial of Truth, Justice, and Reparations Commission in Amritsar to Identify Remaining Cremations High Court Stalling Efforts to Prosecute KPS Gill PHR/Bellevue Respond to NHRC’s Attacks Police Admit to Faking […]

Fatehgarh Sahib police dismissed Gurmeet Singh Pinky, First Police Cat Convicted for Murder

December 7, 2006 | Comments Off on Fatehgarh Sahib police dismissed Gurmeet Singh Pinky, First Police Cat Convicted for Murder

On September 30, 2006, a court in Yamunagar held Punjab police Inspector Gurmeet Singh Pinky guilty of the murder of Avtar Singh Gola. He surrendered to the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Fatehgarh Sahib on October 16, and was sent to judicial custody in Patiala Jail. Pinky was later sentenced to life imprisonment. Avtar Singh’s father […]

Charges Framed against Inspector General Saini and Three Officers in 12-year-old Disappearance Case

December 7, 2006 | Comments Off on Charges Framed against Inspector General Saini and Three Officers in 12-year-old Disappearance Case

On December 6, 2006, a Delhi court framed charges of criminal conspiracy and wrongful confinement, among others, against Punjab Inspector General of Police Sumedh Singh Saini, and police officers Sukhmohinder Singh Sandhu, Paramjit Singh and Balbir Chand Tiwari in the case of the 1994 abduction, illegal detention and disappearance of two Ludhiana businessmen and their […]

In late September, the Supreme Court ordered the central government and the states to implement a seven-point directive on police reform, an overhaul of the 145-year-old Indian Police Act. A Punjab committee is charged with the task of drafting a new State Police Act in furtherance of the Supreme Court’s order. The committee is set […]

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