We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. These cookies are completely safe and secure and will never contain any sensitive information More Information can be found from at our Cookies Policy page.

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. 

The lengthy court case was fraught with discrepancies which were 'overlooked' by the judge who also gave little regard to the fact that some of the accused were alleged to have played a large part in the robbery while others were said to have played a lesser role. In a move that shocked all who value human rights, Judge Sunil Arora handed out 10 year prison sentences to all 12 Sikhs who ranged from 47 years to 93 years old. It’s widely believed to be a decision pronounced on political consideration, as the persons were sentenced due to their political ideology favouring self-determination for the Sikhs, especially as the charges in the case were brought under the secretive and highly condemned, Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act.

Amongst the 12 who were convicted was Gurjant Singh, who is now 74 years old. Recently, he returned home from Nabha Maximum Security prison, on a 28 day parole period and our Sikh Relief team went to meet him at his home. Gurjant Singh remains in high spirits, but expressed concern about his deteriorating sight due to the poor health of his eyes. Without delay, our volunteer Sarbpreet Singh, arranged for a check-up at the Guru Ramdas Hospital in Amritsar. The doctors advised him to have an operation on his next parole period in 6 months time. Sikh Relief is committed to the emotional, physical and financial well-being of Bhai Gurjant Singh and with your support we will fund the full cost of his eye treatment.

An atrocity in the name of justice was committed against our respected Sikh elders who at the end of their lives have been unjustly labelled ‘terrorists’ and are having to endure the harsh reality of India’s prisons. We salute their strength and courage while dealing with brutality and pray that Waheguru keeps them in chardi kala!

SikhRelief Sikh Relief Chairman and founder Bhai Balbir Singh Bains representing at the official opening of the Kartarpur Sahi… https://t.co/T2gxuMFQm2
SikhRelief ...."you have taken the Amrit of Gobind Singh now you will take the 'amrit' of Gobind Ram". Needless to say the de… https://t.co/ook60wu9TD
SikhRelief ...It is absolutely tragic that he will therefore miss celebrating the auspicious occasion of 550th Gurpurb of Dhan… https://t.co/Kr5pGEkaKu
SikhRelief Rebuilding Hope's and future's ~ flood affected families continue being rehoused Sikh Relief continue to rebuild t… https://t.co/roXi5ydaIw
SikhRelief We are grateful & proud of winning such an award, it's only with the support of the Guru's Pyari Sadh Sangat Ji & t… https://t.co/APV4fnn91G

What our Supporters Think

© Sikh Relief 2019

Registered Charity No. 1125370