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Impunity for Crimes Against Humanity in Punjab: KMO to Protest in Amritsar on July 1

June 24, 2019 | By

Amritsar: Terming the pardoning of four former police officials who were convicted and sentenced to imprisonment for life by a CBI special court as ‘impunity for crimes against humanity’, the Khalra Mission Organization (KMO) has announced to hold a symbolic protest demonstration at Amritsar on July 1.

It is noteworthy that the Governor of Punjab reportedly pardoned four police official who were convicted for murdering a Sikh youth in October 1993. Former SP Rajiv Kumar Singh, former Inspector Brij Lal Verma, former constable Onkar Singh (trio from Uttar Pradesh police) and former Inspector Harinder Singh (Punjab Police) were convicted in 2014 for fake encounter killing of Harjit Singh son of Majinder Singh, r/o village Saharan Majra in Ludhiana district in 1993. These convicts were sentenced to undergo imprisonment for life by a special CBI court in Patiala.

Bibi Paramjit Kaur Khalra [File Photo]

In a written statement issued yesterday, the Khalra Mission Organization patron Bibi Paramjit Kaur Khalra said that the move to grand pardon to convicted accused was a clear instance that the Indian state is adopting the policy of impunity for human rights abusers.

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She said that the Indian forces were involved in crimes against humanity in Punjab during the period of mid-1980s to mid-1990s when thousands of Sikhs, mostly youth but also included children, women and elderly, were subjected to enforced disappearances and were extra-judicially killed.

It may be noted here that Bibi Paramjit Kaur Khalra husband Jaswant Singh Khalra was a human rights activist who had exposed the truth of ‘unidentified dead bodies’ in Punjab by revealing that the police and other Indian forces were secretly cremating dead bodies of Sikhs as ‘unidentified’ after killing them during enforced disappearance. Jaswant Singh Khalra was also subjected to enforced disappearance by the Punjab police after he was picked up from him Amritsar based residence on 6 September 1996. He was secretly murdered by the police during his enforced disappearance.

Bibi Paramjit Kaur Khalra said that Khalra Mission Organization will hold a protest in Amritsar on July 1 to oppose Indian state’s police of impunity for crimes against humanity committed by Indian forces.

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