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HEARTBREAKING EMOTIONS AS BHAI GURMEET SINGH HAS TO RETURN TO BURAIL JAIL 

Gurmeet Singh is one of the four prisoners recently released on parole for a period of 28 days with firm assurances from the Punjab authorities, that his permanent release would be secured, hopefully within the parole period, meaning he would not have to spend any further time behind bars.

GROUNDBREAKING MEETING HELD BETWEEN TOM WATSON (MP) AND BALBIR SINGH BAINS (SOPW) AT THE UK HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT

Today in a private meeting that lasted over one and a half hours, Tom Watson MP for West Bromwich met with Balbir Singh Bains, Founder of SOPW and Jagjit Singh, lawyer and human rights activist. Many of you will know that Tom Watson was instrumental in the 'News of the World' newspaper hacking scandal, which eventually led to the downfall of Rupert Murdoch's grip over the UK government. More recently, he has also been a leading figure in the release of the 1984 letters that were exchanged between the UK and Indian Governments, regarding the attack on Darbar Sahib.

SUPREME COURT RULING WILL HAVE AN EFFECT ON PROFESSOR BHULLAR’S CASE - BUT HE IS NOT ONE OF THE FIFTEEN NAMED IN TODAY’S JUDGEMENT

 

To clear up any confusion, SOPW would like to clarify that Professor Davinderpal Singh Bhullar was NOT one of the fifteen petitioners in the case which challenged their death sentences on the grounds of delay taken to answer their mercy petitions.

BREAKING NEWS – SUPREME COURT COMMUTES 15 DEATH SENTENCES AND RULES THAT UNREASONABLE DELAY ATTRIBUTES TO TORTURE

Today, the Supreme Court of India has commuted the death sentences of 15 prisoners, ruling that delays in their execution were grounds to change their sentences to life imprisonment.

THE PUNJAB GOVERNMENT'S TRACK RECORD OF ASSURANCES GIVEN TO THE SIKH PANTH....

In this newspaper article Punjab's CM Badal, has clearly stated that if the four Singhs recently granted parole leave, have to return to prison and are not permanently released - he is unable to do anything more as it is outside of his jurisdiction.

LATEST UPDATE ON THE 'BURAIL JAIL THREE'

As you may recall, the 'Burail Jail Three' are, Bhai Lakhwinder Singh, Gurmeet Singh and Shamsher Singh, who have been granted one month's parole, even though they have served more years in prison than they were sentenced to.

 WITH THE SANGAT’S HELP, AMARJIT SINGH MARORI TAKES THE FIRST STEPS TO RESTART HIS LIFE 

As part of the SOPW policy of REHABILITATION, we are pleased to announce the purchase of a tractor for Bhai Amarjit Singh Marori.

BREAKING NEWS – DATE SET FOR FINAL COURT HEARING OF APPEAL FOR BHAI LAL SINGH AKALGARH

 

Today was the Supreme Court Hearing for Bhai Lal Singh’s appeal for a full discharge. His lawyer, Parmjit Singh, informed us that the date for his full and final hearing has been set for 4 March 2014.

For the past eighteen years, Jagtar Singh Hawara has been locked in the dark shadows of a prison cell. His strength of spirit comes from the shelter he seeks in the words of our Guru’s that are available for us all to read and absorb into our lives.

Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara is seen here, taking guidance from the Guru’s, whilst he is sat within the confines of India’s most notorious prison – Tihar Jail, during a special programme held for Gurpurab

Today, Bhai Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa gave his full support to Iqbal Singh Bhatti, who is on Day 41 of his hunger strike in Jantar Mantar (New Delhi). Also present was Bhai Rajinder Singh who is the nephew of Shaheed Bhai Kehar Singh (who was executed along with Bhai Satwant Singh in 1989). Please help to raise awareness of Iqbal Singh's campaign demanding the release of Professor Bhullar, to punish those responsible for 1984 Sikh Genocide and to open a fast track court for achieving justice for 1984 victims.

The 1984 storming of the Sikh’s holiest shrine, Sri Harmandar Sahib in Amritsar, was an attack by a so called democratic Government, at the very heart of its own citizens.

In the turmoil that existed afterwards, there was wild speculation and hugely differing accounts of what happened before, during and after this military operation. The Indian government and the military personnel involved, painted a picture that they were forced into this action and right up to the last minute, negotiations with the Sikhs were taking place to avoid the conflict. They claim the troops behaved with utmost respect to the sanctity of the shrine and avoided causing damage and any civilian casualties. 

Bhai Iqbal Singh Bhatti from France, has been sat on hunger strike at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi since 5 December 2013. Jantar Mantar is an open air observatory set in the modern area of the city and a huge tourist attraction, therefore his protest is situated in an area for all to see. Our SOPW team went to visit Iqbal Singh in Delhi and show our full support for his demands which are:
 

 WELCOME TO JUSTICE IN INDIA – ‘INNOCENT’ OR ‘GUILTY’ – YOUR SENTENCE IS THE SAME...

SOPW would like to bring to your attention, Harnek Singh Bhapp (in the photo below) a political prisoner whose case is not widely known among the Sangat. Harnek Singh comes from the village of Bhutari in Ludhiana and is the son of Tara Singh. He is affectionately known as ‘Chotu’ or ‘Gudu’ by his family and friends.

In August 2004, he was arrested and framed in more than seven cases. Charging someone with multiple cases is a familiar technique used to ensure that a prisoner remains locked up for many years, while working his/her way through the legal system to clear their name. Many of the cases against Harnek Singh, fall under the TADA Act which was brought into use in 1985 with the specific aim of quashing the Punjab insurgency and was used all across India until 1995 when it was removed from the law. 

 

We are pleased to announce that after three and a half years behind bars, Bhai Gurmail Singh has finally returned home on bail. He has spent this time in prison, for fabricated charges under the Arms and Explosives Acts.

Forty three year old Gurmail Singh hails from the village of Boota Singh Wala in Patiala. On 16th July 2010, Khanna Police picked him up and took him to an Interrogation Centre, where he was held illegally for over 10 days. Gurmail Singh was not produced before the Magistrate until 27th July 2010, which is the date that is officially used as his date of arrest. Effectively, for the period between the 16th and the 27th Gurmail Singh was ‘disappeared’ and evidence shows it is usually within this period that the police and interrogation agencies, inflict the severest torture and abuse. 

Following the Sangat’s demand to keep up the momentum of the successful People’s Campaign – Hunger for Freedom, SOPW are launching ‘JAAP FOR JUSTICE’.

The first bani in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji is the 'Japji Sahib' and the first instruction is 'JAP!’. With this in mind, the aim of this campaign is to recite Waheguru’s beautiful bani whilst raising worldwide awareness of the demand to release Sikh Political prisoners who are caught up in India’s corrupt legal system.

 


On 6 January 2014 amidst high security, our SOPW team was present when Jagtar Singh Hawara was specially transported from Tihar Jail in Delhi, to make a court appearance in the sacred town of Anandpur Sahib.

 

In the photo you can see as he was led away, Bhai Hawara halted for a special moment, he bowed his head and said a prayer as in the distance he set his eyes on Takht Sri Kesgarh Sahib, the spiritual home of the Khalsa. In this auspicious week of the birth of Guru Gobind Singh, his darshan of Guru Ji, no matter from how far, was even more poignant and on his lips was a prayer for the chardi kalla of the Sikh nation.

 

 

Dharam Singh was arrested from his home by the Berowal (Tarn Taran) Police in March 2013. Upon arrest, he was harrassed and tortured before being charged under the Arms Act and framed for providing food and shelter to Bhai Narain Singh Chaura, a respected and learned human rights activist who was wanted by the Indian authorities. 

 

PHOTO OF A SAINT SOLDIER

This exclusive photo of Jagtar Singh Hawara obtained by SOPW, shows the spirit of the true Sikh hero. During a special Gurpurb programme taking place within Tihar Jail (Delhi), you can see that he is deep in Ardas for the freedom and chardi kalla (high spirits) of the entire Sikh panth.
 

 

We have been inundated with messages and calls of support for Gurpreet Singh Guri's brave action, when he took to the stage at the Kabbadi World Cup Final's, in an attempt to take the protest for the release of Sikh prisoners, to the wider public and get the TV News channels to cover it.

Gurpreet Singh Guri’s bail application has not presented and he has not been released as was initially expected. His lawyers Gurjinder Singh Sahni and Advocate Jaspal Singh Manjhpur, met with DCP Bansil, who claimed that this was a State level case and he was unable to take any action. 

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