September 21, 2012 | By Jaspal Singh
Goraya/Phillaur/Ludhiana, Punjab (September 21, 2012): According to latest information Goraya Police produced Bhai Kulbir Singh Barapind in Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Mr. Jatinder Pal Singh’s court levelling allegations of serious offences against him and demanded police remand for ten days. CJM has sent Bhai Kulbir Singh on five days police remand.
Police has registered F.I.R. No. 137 dated September 21, 2012 against Bhai Kulbir Singh under Indian Penal Code Sections 120-B (Criminal Conspiracy), 121 (Waging War against the State), 121A (Conspiracy to Wage War against the State; Sections 25, 54, 59 and 25A of Arms Act; Sections 3, 4, and 5 of Explosive Act and Sections 17, 18, 18A, 19, 20, 38, 39, 40 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
According to sources a police party in around 40 vehicles raided the house of Bhai Kulbir Singh Barapind this morning and searched the house and surroundings at village Barapind near Phillaur for more than two hours while Bhai Barapind was lodged in Ludhiana Jail.
It is notable that police conducted the search without any search warrant and when this point was raised by Bhai Kulbir Singh’s council Advocate Kashmir Singh Mallhi in the court of the CJM, the police claimed that it had received urgent and instant information therefore it had no time to secure search warrant. However Advocate Mallhi challenged the police claim and informed that court that Bhai Kulbir Singh was already arrested by Nawanshehr Police on the intervening night of 19 and 20 September, 2012 and he was sent to Ludhiana Jail therefore it was not possible for Goraya Police to obtain alleged urgent information from him.
DSP Phillaur demanded ten days police remand which was strongly opposed by Bhai Kulbir Singh’s council but CJM sent Bhai Kulbir Singh on five days police remand.
Police has alleged that Bhai Kulbir Singh was a Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) activist and had links with Ranjeet Singh Neeta and Jagtar Singh Tara.
Police has alleged that Bhai Kulbir Singh has received 1 crore and 75 lakh rupees from foreign sources to carry on Babbar Khalsa activities.
Police has also referred to a case registered at Delhi under various sections of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act by National Investigative Agency (NIA) of India. According to news-reports of past few weeks the Delhi case by NIA is supposed to have been registered against UK based NGO, Sikh Prisoner Welfare Organization (SPOW) (http://prisonerwelfare.com/) and a website named NeverForget84.Com (http://neverforget84.com) for allegedly funding BKI activities.
Akali Dal Panch Pardhani leadership has strongly condemned the police claims as baseless arguments. Bhai Kulbir Singh is President of Akali Dal Panch Pardhani, a Sikh political party and he is democratically elected member of Shiromani Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee (SGPC) from Phillaur Constituency, in-fact he is the only member of SGPC from entire Doaba region who won the election against ruling SAD (Badal)’s candidate in SGPC election. SGPC is a statutory body and SGPC elections are conducted by Gurudwara Election Commissioner under the notification of Ministry of Home Affairs, India.
There is information that Ludhiana police has obtained production warrants of Bhai Daljit Singh Bittu, former President of Akali Dal Panch Pardhani (ADPP) and now the police will be producing him in Ludhiana court. It is suspected that he could be charged under Unlawful Activities (P) Act and other laws.
It is notable that Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 was amended on December 31, 2008 by the Indian Parliament, soon after the 26/11 Mumbai Attacks. According to Human Rights organizations and legal experts these amendments were aimed at making UA(P)A – a replacement of notorious TADA and POTA laws, that were repealed thorough abuse.
Many Human Rights Organizations have alleged from time to time, since the amendments that UA(P)A is being abused to crush the political dissent.
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