December 21, 2015 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Amritsar: In order to search for truth and bring perpetrators to book, the Dal Khalsa has asked the United Nations and European Parliament to constitute an international Commission under the aegis of the United National Human Rights Council to unearth the involuntary detentions and death of Sikhs in fake encounters during the period of struggle from 1984 onward in the light of revelations made by a police renegade Gurmeet Singh Pinki.
The two-member delegation of Dal Khalsa Europe met Janab Afzal Khan, Vice-Chairman, Committee on Security and Defence for half an hour at Brussels, head quarters of European Parliament that makes up the legislative body of the European Union composing of 751 MEPs.
Briefing the media here today, party spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said they had approached European Parliament and United Nations to apprise its members about the high-handedness of the political and policing system in Punjab and India.
In a memo submitted to MEP Afzal Khan was signed by Prithpal Singh Switzerland and Gurdial Singh Belgium. They sought intervention of the European Parliament for resolution of the political conflict between the Sikh nation and India.
Narrating the horrifying details of police excesses and atrocities confessed by Pinki, they said it was high time for the United Nations and European Parliament to take notice and initiate international probe against extra-judicial killings of Sikhs. In a one to one talk, Dal Khalsa members told KHAN that these abuses were not random but have been carried out as a matter of state policy.
They provided the website link of the weekly English magazine “Outlook” to him that has published the detailed title story on Pinki’s confession. According to Dal Khalsa release, Khan told their delegation that MEP’s would look into their concerns and during their visit to India sometime in 2016, they would talk about human rights conditions in Punjab with New Delhi.
In a separate memo to to Ms. Jennifer Kraft, human rights officer, Incharge of South Asia at Geneva office of the UNHCHR, Dal Khalsa activists apprised her that human rights situation in Punjab was again on the edge of a precipice. Within two months of facing a people’s’ near-rebellious movement against its politics of convenience and opportunism, the state authorities in Punjab were back with a vengeance. Those who dissented are behind bars under charges of sedition.
Citing fresh wave of intolerance in Punjab and India, they urged UN to “press upon the present dispensation in India for restoration of human rights and rule of law.”. They told UN officer that state government has so far denied arresting the guilty cops that ordered police firing that resulted in the killings of two protesters at Behbal Kalan, Faridkot.