Gurmeet Singh was part of the team that ended the murderous reign of Punjab's Chief Minister Beant, in 1995, an action that finally brought to an end a decade of terror against the Sikhs which left upwards of 25,000 dead.
Warayam Singh has been confined in Central Jail Bareilly since May 1990. Warayam SIngh and his family members, Wassan SIngh and Major SIngh (who was 14 years old at the time) were all arrested and taken to a police station in Bareilly U.P where they were interrogated, severely tortured then thrown into Bareilly prison.
Balbir Singh Bira
Maajha Kaur is the mother of Sikh political prisoner Balbir Singh Bira. Now in her 80s, Maajha Kaur has lived most of her life in a small impoverished village raising her six children alone as she lost her husband over thirty years ago. Unfortunately due to a lack of medical aid and extreme poverty, over the years four of her sons have died from various diseases and injuries in childhood. Her only remaining son is Balbir Singh Bira who is currently imprisoned in Nabha Maximum Security Jail and his wife is Sukhjinder Kaur, who was only acquitted in August 2014, after spending 5 years locked in Nabha Jail.
This photo of Swaran Singh has never been seen before. Most readers will not know of this man, nor the hardship and suffering he has endured since 1999, when he was locked behind bars at Nabha Maximum Security Jail.
In December 2013, an Amritsar Sessions Court convicted Gurmukh Singh under the Arms Act and the 1967 Unlawful Activities Act. He was handed a harsh sentence of ten years in prison and ordered to pay heavy fines, alongside his co-accused – Pal Singh (France) and Makhan Singh.
Makhan Singh Gill was arrested in 2010 and charged with a number of false cases. He has been fighting to clear his name ever since. However in 2013, an Amritsar Sessions Court took a very disturbing step when it convicted 3 Sikh’s including Makhan Singh Gill under the Arms Act and the Unlawful Activities Act.
Shamsher Singh is one of fourteen life serving convicts that have been at the heart of the Bapu Surat SIngh hunger strike awareness campaign for the release of those sikh political prisoners that have served their minimum term sentences, have no outstanding cases and therefore qualify for premature relaese.
Lakhwinder Singh was accused of being part of the team that punished the murderous Chief Minister of Punjab – Beant, in 1995, an action that finally brought to an end a decade of terror against the Sikhs, which left upwards of 25,000 dead.
or many years, Sikh Relief (SOPW) together with our legal team, have been working tirelessly to free ALL our Sikh political prisoners who are languishing in India’s jails. Hand in hand with this, we take care of their family’s needs - so they do not suffer any further difficulties. Our worldwide team carry out this precious seva with dedication and it takes a large amount of man hours to achieve the results we have shown to the Sangat over the years. Since SOPW came into existence in 2008, almost 200 prisoners are now back at home with their families who otherwise, would have remained stuck in the legal ‘system’. We have provided the means for earning a living to many of those released, as part of our rehabilitation package. Everyday, our India team is visiting the families of our prisoners offering them emotional support and guidance.
Harjit Singh Kala
Harjit Singh Kala has spent most of his adult life in prison, yet most people will not have heard of his name. He was first arrested in 1992 and charged under multiple TADA cases. Finally, in 2003 Harjit Singh was sentenced to life imprisonment and to this day, he remains in Patiala Jail.
Sikh Relief (SOPW) work day and night to secure the parole and release of ALL our political prisoners - those who have become household names AND those that few people have even heard of. We remain committed to the cause, until each and every last one is free. Some time ago, Sikh Relief (SOPW) lodged an application to the courts for the permanent release of Harjit Singh and we have been waiting for a hearing date to be announced.
Dilbagh Singh, now in his fifties, was named in a false case registered againsthim by Punjab police in 1992. This was at a time when State brutality against Sikhs, often ended in the murder of an innocent at the hands of the police. Eventually, in 1999 the Police caught and arrested Dilbagh Singh and his case was later tried in a secret TADA Court, behind closed doors, when he was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in 2007.
Dilbagh Singh has faced a lifetime of oppression with great inner strength. The police looted his family home, taking anything of value, while other sentimental articles were removed and set on fire. As if that wasn’t enough, before they were done, the police completely demolished the family home in order that no sign of Dilbagh Singh should remain in his ancestral village.
Anand Singh & Subheg Singh
Anand Singh was just 21 years old when he was arrested in 1995 and charged under various sections of the TADA Act, a law so oppressive that it received worldwide condemnation for violating human rights. Likewise, Subheg Singh was also arrested in 1995 and both gentlemen were sentenced to life imprisonment. In 2004, extra charges were heaped on these men for allegedly assisting in the famous Tihar jailbreak incident.
A Ludhiana TADA court in 2012, sentenced 12 Sikhs to undergo ten years imprisonment each, in the famous Ludhiana bank robbery case. Due to the incompetence of the Indian judicial system, it took more than 25 years for the trial to reach it’s conclusion as the incident dated back to 1987 when Rs60 million was reportedly stolen from the Miller Gunj branch of the Punjab National Bank, in what was then called, India’s largest bank robbery.
Gurdeep Singh Khera
This is the heartbreaking story of a truly Chardi Kalla (high spirited) Sikh and the depths of despair he was driven to when, twenty three years ago, he was thrown into prison, the door locked and the key thrown away, leaving him to rot in a form of “hell on earth”.
Gurdeep Singh first came to the attention of SOPW in 2001, when Balbir Singh Bains (Founder of SOPW) who was himself imprisoned under false charges, met him at Tihar Jail in Delhi. Gurdeep Singh had just been transferred from Bidar Jail in Karnataka, where he had served eleven years of a life sentence. The following is Balbir Singh’s account of that first meeting and the subsequent year and a half they spent as inmates:
Illegal abduction and detention of Sikh Civil Rights campaigner Pal Singh
The 54 year old French National, who has championed Sikh Human Rights in Europe and North America, has in recent years committed himself fully to tackling social issues such as drug and alcohol abuse in Punjab.
According to eyewitness accounts, Mr Singh was picked up by plain clothed officers on the 22nd July, the Daily Ajit published an article on the arrest the next day.