September 6, 2010 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Patiala (September 06, 2010): Sikh Students Federation, today, paid tribute to Legendary Martyr of Human Rights, Sr. Jaswant Singh Khalra. SSF has released a Video CD containing a speech of the rights activist, which was delivered by him at Ontario during his last visit in April 1995. It is notable that Khalra was abducted and there after killed by the Punjab Police from his Kabir Park, Amritsar situated residence on 6 September 1995. SSF President Paramjeet Singh Gazi informed that Jaswant Singh Khalra made tremendous contribution to the Human Rights by exposing the reality of so-called “unclaimed and unidentified dead bodies” of Young Sikhs killed and cremated illegally by the Armed forces in Punjab. “Justice Kuldeep Singh of Supreme Court, as he was then, had term this practice as even ‘Worse than Genocide’, while hearing a petition of Khalra Action Committee formed after disappearance of JS Khalra himself” informed PS Gazi.
Jaswant Singh Khalra, had shocked the world in mid-90s by placing, before Parliament of Canada, the photo copies of cremation grounds record and other firm evidences of mass-level Human rights abuse committed by Indian State’s armed forced in Punjab. Khalra brought into light systematic practices of “Enforced Disappearances” and “extra-judicial killings” of Sikhs adopted by State’s armed forces in Punjab during 1980s-90s. The general practice adopted by Punjab police to burn the dead bodies of Sikhs killed illegally by showing them as “unclaimed and unidentified dead bodies” had further worsen the situation.
Talking about the objective behind releasing VCD SSF President has said that “One of the objectives of SSF is to secure respect and promotion of Human Rights and this is an effort in this direction.” It shall be distributed free of cost among students and is also available online, on SSF’s website, for downloading.