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BREAKING NEWS: Supreme Court Upholds Conviction of 5 Officers in Khalra Case

admin November 5, 2011 10 Comments

Today, India’s Supreme Court upheld life imprisonment for five police officers convicted of the abduction and murder of human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra. After 16 years of facing incredible obstacles, including the intimidation of witnesses, a prolonged trial, biased prosecutors, and jail-breaks by a convicted officer, this case represents a victory for human rights in India.

Khalra Family Draws Attention to Continued Impunity

Punjab police illegally detained, tortured, and murdered Jaswant Singh Khalra in October 1995 after he released findings of thousands of extrajudicial executions and secret cremations carried out by the police in Amritsar, Punjab. His investigations led India’s Supreme Court to find “a flagrant violation of human rights on a mass scale.” Navkiran Kaur Khalra, daughter of Jaswant Singh Khalra, drew attention to the continued impunity for those crimes: “We appreciate that justice has partially been done in our case. However, this is one case. We would like to see proper investigations and prosecutions in the rest of the thousands of disappearances and illegal killings perpetrated by the Punjab police.” In a new video also released today, Mrs. Khalra describes India’s failure to redress the mass state crimes in Punjab.

Prosecute Former Police Chief KPS Gill

The Supreme Court joined the trial court and Punjab & Haryana High Court in finding a key eyewitness’s testimony credible. In his trial testimony, Special Police Officer Kuldip Singh described how he had been appointed to guard the room where Khalra was detained, and discussed the roles of different officers, including the Director General of Police (DGP) KPS Gill, in the abuses against Khalra. Kuldip Singh testified that Gill interrogated Khalra several days prior to Khalra’s murder. His testimony also indicated that Gill ordered subordinates to murder Khalra. Rajvinder Bains, the Khalra family’s attorney, called attention to the High Court petition filed by Paramjit Kaur Khalra to investigate and prosecute KPS Gill, which has been languishing for six years: “Now the High Court must investigate KPS Gill’s role in the execution of Jaswant Singh Khalra—three courts have accepted Kuldip Singh’s testimony as credible.”

Ensaaf calls on the Indian Government to prosecute police chief KPS Gill for his role in Khalra’s murder, investigate all disappearances and extrajudicial executions committed during the counterinsurgency in Punjab from 1984 to 1995, and strengthen protection for human rights defenders. Ensaaf commends the family of Jaswant Singh Khalra and lead attorneys Kamini Jaswal and Rajvinder Bains for fighting for justice for victims of police atrocities in Punjab. Ensaaf provided litigation support throughout the Khalra case.

Please support Ensaaf’s efforts to end impunity and achieve justice for mass state crimes in Punjab. A philanthropist will match your donation today.

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10 Comments

  1. MISS KAUR November 5, 2011 at 5:17 am

    Jaswant Singh Khalra was a brave and caring man. He was just an ordinary citizen of Punjab and was wondering why so many Sikhs were “disappearing.” What he discovered was something everyone in Punjab kind of knew and feared, but not a lot of ordinary people stood up against this due to the fact that they lived under an evil regime disguised as “democratic”. However, from just being an ordinary man working as a banker and trying to make a living and support his family, he went out and talked to victims and collected names and evidence. In a time when human rights organizations were banned from Punjab, Jaswant Singh became his own human rights investigator and travelled, one of his most memorable speeches was at Dixie Gurdwara, by the way did I mention that this man could speak right to the heart?

    Jaswant Singh definitely deserves the TITLE SHAHEED, just like Sant Jarnail Singh. Jaswant Singh was tortured and pressured to change his views, but he did not back out, similar to the Shaheeds in June 1984.

    We MUST educate the YOUNGER SIKH GENERATION about this BRAVE SHAHEED!

    The video was great, but I wish it was longer.

    Hearing REAL stories helps people understand the harsh realities of Punjab much better. Hearing a bunch of BS on radio shows by Indian loving hosts such as J.Sidhuu (he apologized but seriously, why would you even talk to KP Gill in the first place, there must be some sort of “Indian government” involvement, also, how come he never ask KP Gill any REAL questions about all the allegations against pathetic donkey ass!)

  2. MISS KAUR November 6, 2011 at 6:46 am

    http://www.ensaaf.org/multimedia/photoessays/survivors2010/

    OUR VOICES MATTER!

    Please check out the link above!

  3. MISS KAUR November 12, 2011 at 1:31 am

    fail!…

    this fat man from the bjp/shiv sena..hindu fundamentalist group just embarrassed his fat good for nothing bum on national TV in india….

    while he is screaming some nonsense in hindi and running toward bhai jaguar singh, he gets slapped before he can attack.. this fat man is like a dumb bull

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0wAyRi5zAY&feature=related

  4. MISS KAUR November 12, 2011 at 1:37 am

    i wonder if that fat BJP/SHIV SENA RSS man was drunk on cow piss

    i think their drinking too much cow piss

  5. MISS KAUR November 13, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HemEZXJgpeE&feature=grec_index

    GREGG56HILL does not allow any REAL comments on his youtube page

  6. MISS KAUR November 15, 2011 at 5:40 pm
  7. MISS KAUR November 15, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/user/SIKHGenocide47to84#p/u/9/sNcmBKc56Nk

    PLEASE WATCH THIS VIDEO..

    FOR ALL OF YOU OUT there who do not believe that iNDIA IS BABARIC watch THIS!

    even when some people tried to help sikhs, they were denied entry into hospitals

    india sickens me

  8. MISS KAUR November 20, 2011 at 3:45 am

    http://www.youtube.com/user/drsavia#p/u/3/jR9KxPi07UQ

    Harinder Singh of SikhRI : 1984 The Sikh Pogroms Lecture—-this is a very GOOD LECTURE on June-Nov 1984…

    Please watch the above link

  9. MISS KAUR November 20, 2011 at 4:40 am

    THE BIGGEST PROPAGADA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fC0sI8dNrvo&feature=related

    THIS MANJINDER BITTA GUY IS SUCH A JOKE OMG EVERYONE NEEDS TO WATCH THIS…!

    PROPAGANDA

  10. MISS KAUR November 25, 2011 at 4:35 am

    WIKILEAKS…BLACK CATS IN PUNJAB

    http://www.southasianrights.org/?p=4265

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