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Human rights body knocks at US Embassy doors against Sikh leaders torture

September 27, 2012 | By

New Delhi/Jalandhar (September 27, 2012): According to information the issue of arrest, detention and custodial torture of Akali Dal Panch Pardhani (ADPP) President and SGPC member Bhai Kubir Singh Barapind has now reached to United States Embassy in India.

Rights organization, Ensaaf has contacted the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India holding that it had an ongoing obligation to monitor Bhai Kulbir Barapind’s safety under the terms of his extradition to India.

“The Embassy is aware of its ongoing commitment and is inquiring into the situation,” said Ensaaf co-director Sukhman Dhami adding ” the organization received credible information about his torture”.

It may be mentioned here that on Wednesday Barapind’s counsel moved an application in a Phillaur court alleging that he revealed that he was given electric shocks so he should be examined by a board of doctors. The application is pending for an order.

“Ensaaf represented Barapind in his application for relief from extradition under the Convention Against Torture. Despite presenting significant evidence that Barapind was more likely than not to be tortured, the U.S. extradited him after obtaining diplomatic assurances from India that it would not torture Barapind,” the rights organizations said in a statement.

He was booked and arrested last week under Explosives Act, Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, Sedition, Conspiracy and Arms act even as no explosives could be recovered from him.

He was linked to a four month old recovery of RDX three days after his arrest after police failed to find any new explosives. Even the claim of recovering seditious literature from him has also come under question mark as the literature labelled as seditious is freely available and no publication has been proscribed.

Barapind was extradited from US in 2006 and a US court which allowed his extradition permitted his trial only in three case and he was acquitted in all the three.

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