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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. 

Makhan Singh was handed a harsh sentence of ten years in prison and ordered to pay heavy fines, alongside his co-accused – Pal Singh (France) and Gurmukh Singh. This is a controversial case as they are the first Sikhs in Punjab to be convicted under this archaic Act from 1967, which allows for anyone to be labelled a ‘terrorist’ and can be used indiscriminately by the police and authorities in the absence of concrete evidence or witnesses.

Human rights organizations have generally regarded the Punjab police as one of the most corrupt, ruthless and lawless police forces of Asia, and criticized the Indian Judiciary for allowing their concocted "evidence" and "charges" into the courts.

Earlier in March this year, the Sikh Relief (SOPW) legal team were successful in securing Makhan Singh’s acquittal in one of the false cases. According to the fabricated police story, in 2009 a stolen motorcycle was found abandoned near the Neelon Nahar bridge along with a large quantity of ammunition, some detonators and explosives. In 2010, police claimed Makhan Singh was caught in Uttar Pradesh with possession of illegal weapons. But in 2015, a Ludhiana Court declared the police story as incorrect and the charges connecting Makhan Singh with the motorcycle, explosives and illegal weapons, did not stand the test of law.

Sikh Relief (SOPW) filed a petition for Makhan Singh’s bail release in the Punjab & Haryana High Court and the date for the hearing is due in the coming week. We urge the Sangat, to pray for a positive outcome so Makhan Singh can be released from the confines of prison and this chardi kala Gursikh can return home.

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