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Sikh Genocide 1984

Another living paradigm of Sikh Genocide uncovered

March 5, 2011 | By

Pataudi, HARYANA (March 05, 2011): Another living paradigm of Sikh Genocide is uncovered at Pataudi, District Gurgaon, where 17 Sikhs were brutally killed on November 2, 1984 by a strong mob lead by congress local leaders. Before November 1984 there were 30 Sikh families living in Pataudi but on November 1st, the Gurudwra was set on fire, the Sikhs of Pataudi ran for their lives, While one group ran to the safety of the village, another chose to stay in the local Hari Mandar Ashram. On November 2nd, a group of Sikhs went to their respective houses but they were attacked, and 17 of them were brutally killed that day. The attackers surrounded the Sikh houses and started throwing petrol bombs into the houses of Sikhs. Men and children were beaten and thrown into the burning houses and women were first raped and then thrown into the fire.

All India Sikh Students Federation and “Sikhs For Justice”, the Sikh NGO’s which raised the issue of the mass Grave of Sikhs killed in village Hondh-Chillar, District Rewari, Haryana in which 32 Sikhs were killed on November 02, 1984, Now uncovered another systematic, organized and well planned attack on Sikhs at Pataudi in which 17 Sikhs were killed by a mob lead by local congress leaders.

AISSF President Karnail Singh Peermohammad stated that it is shocking and unbearable to hear about the Sikh Genocide of Pataudi and raises a question as to what was the extent of loss of life of Sikhs during the organized and planned attacks in November 1984. If there are two grave incidents of violence in Haryana within few miles, it is quite possible that there will be hundreds of such sites throughout India where Sikhs were subject to Genocidal attacks, added Peermohammad.

Gurjeet Singh, a witness and survivor of November 1984 killing of Sikhs remembers that mob was raising slogans “Jab Tak Suraj Chand Rahe ge Indira Tere Naam Rehege” , “Indira Gandhi Amar Rehe” and “Sikh Gadaar Hain, Anhe Mar Daloo” (Sikhs are traintors, kill them). The mob was carrying swords, petrol, white powder and lathis, and they ransacked the Sikh houses, burnt Sikhs alive and looted their property. Gurjeet Singh’s house was also attacked and burnt down but Gurjeet Singh along with his family was rescued by their neighbors.

Gurjeet Singh still has ruins of his house intact so that he can show the world how Sikhs were hunted, houses burnt and looted during November 1984.

Gurjeet Singh also narrated the story of two teenage daughters of Gian Singh, Harmeet Kaur, 16, and Karamjeet Kaur, 19. “The mob dragged them out into the street, stripped them naked, abused them, beat them, urinated on their faces and burnt them alive,” he says. “There was no sense of human dignity, no sense of compassion. What role did these girls have in Mrs Gandhi’s assassination? Were we all responsible? Sardaron ke bachche hai, tho marao (They are children of sardars, so kill them)”, slogan were being raised by the attackers.

Peermohammad told that witnesses claim that Gurudwara Sri Singh Sabha was attacked, but Granthi of the Gurudwara was able to retrieve Sri Guru Granth Sahib and ran towards the Village Bhore Kalan where he was overpowered by the attackers led by Jhandu Saini, Zamindar, and was chopped into pieces, and the same mob also killed Gurbaksh Singh s/o Gian Singh, whose daughters were raped before being burnt alive.

As per attorney Gurpatwant Singh Pannun Legal Advisor to Sikhs For Justice, who interviewed the victims and survivors over the phone stated that discovery of Pataudi massacre of Sikhs is another living paradigm of Sikh Genocide and a constant reminder that justice has been denied and eluded the victims of November 1984 Sikh Genocide. The Pataudi massacre of Sikhs is an identical pattern throughout India in which armed groups lead by Congress Leaders would cordon the Sikh neighborhood, rape the women and burn the men and children alive.

An FIR number 282-83 was registered at Pataudi Police Station on November 12, 1984 and it has more than fifteen names of the accused who were involved in the killing of Sikhs on November 2, 1984. But on April 26, 1984, the then Session Judge VM Jain acquitted all the accused because of lack of evidence.

AISSF and SFJ released the list of those who were killed at Pataudi, District Gurgaon, Haryana.

1) Kishan Singh (Husband of Geevni Bai)
2) Kapur Singh (Son of Geevni Bai)
3) Kuldip Singh (Son of Geevni Bai)
4) Harbahajan Singh son of Geevni Bai)
5) Harnam Singh (Husband of Isri Bai)
6) Avtar Singh (Son of Isri Bai)
7) Harmeet Kaur (Daughter of Gian Singh)
8) Karamjeet Kaur (Daughter of Gian Singh)
9) Gurbaksh Singh (Son of Gian Singh)
10) Amrik Singh (Husband of Amrit Kaur)
11) Fateh Singh (Son of Kirpal Singh)
12) Arjun Singh (Son of Mohinder Singh)
13) Bhagat Singh (Son of Mohinder Singh)
14) Gopal Singh (Son of Inder Singh)
15) Surjit Singh
16) Kamaljeet Kaur
17) Granthi of Gurudwara

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