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Bhai Gurbaksh Singh’s struggle on issue of Sikh prisoners signifies dual standards of law in India

December 5, 2013 | By

Chandigarh/ Punjab (December 05, 2013): A Haryana based Sikh – Gurbaksh Singh, is on indefinite hunger strike since November 14, 2013 at Gurdwara Amb Sahib (Mohali) near Chandigarh. He is seeking release of Sikh prisoners who have already served the terms of imprisonment to which they were sentenced by Indian courts. These prisoners include Bhai Gurmit Singh, Bhai Shamsher Singh, Bhai Lakhwinder Singh (who are confined in Burail Jail, Chandigarh since 1995), Bhai Lal Singh (who was arrested in 1992 by Gujarat police and is currently confined in Nabha, Maximum Security Jail) and Bhai Gurdip Singh (who is confined in Gurbarg Jail, Karnataka for the last 23 years).

Bhai Gurbaksh Singh (L) and Journailist Jarnail Singh (R)

Bhai Gurbaksh Singh (L) and Journailist Jarnail Singh (R)

The issue raised by Bhai Gurbaksh Singh highlights the gravity of biased against the Sikhs in India. It also signifies that Sikhs were being considered as ‘subjugated’ people, in India.

Highlighting this issue former journalist and Sikh activist Jarnail Singh (Delhi) says: “Kishori Lal, a Butcher killed many innocent Sikhs in 1984, convicted for 7 murders (by the trial court and confirmed) by High Court and awarded death penalty. Later Supreme Court turned his punishment into life term and 6 months back Delhi Govt. gave recommendation to release him.”

“But, there are Sikhs, No charge of murder against them, awarded life imprisonment and even after completing their life term still languishing in jails” Jarnail Singh said while taking about the case of Bhai Lal Singh, imprisoned since 1992 who is currently confined in Maximum Security Jail, Nabha (Punjab).

“This is why Bhai Gurbaksh Singh ji is on indefinite fast for last 21 days”, he added.

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