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India: Custodial torture is wide spread – Four undertrials die in police custody every day

New Delhi, India (May 25, 2013): In it's recent issue "Tehelka", an investigative weekly, has noted that: "[f]our undertrials die in police custody every day in India — a disturbing number for one of the oldest judicial systems in the world. Between 2001 and 2010 the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) registered 14,231 custodial deaths.

Torture in police custody – Panch Pardhani leader Bhai Kulvir Singh Barapind sues India in US court

Jalandhar, Punjab (May 11, 2013): Akali Dal Panch Pardhani (ADPP) president Bhai Kulvir Singh Barapind has sued the Government of India and State Government of Punjab besides President Pranab Mukharjee, PM Manmohan Singh, Minister of External Affairs, Minister of Home Affairs, National Security Advisor, Director of National Investigative Agency, Governor of Punjab, Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab, Punjab police chief and a number of other Indian authorities and police officers in a US court.

Federal Court of USA to hear human rights case against Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal

Wisconsin, US (February 19, 2013): As per inforamtion available with Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) the US federal district court of Wisconsin will hold an evidentiary hearing on February 31, 2013 in a case of human rights violation filed against Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal by a the victims of state repressiona and Sikh NGO - Sikhs for Justice.

Torture on Barapind: Punjab Police & Govt has no convincing reason for not complying court orders for medical examination

Phillaur/Ludhiana, Punjab (November 12, 2012): Punjab Police and Punjab Government have reportedly failed to provide any convincing reason for their failure to get Bhai Kulvir Singh Barapind examined by a medical board of doctors to ascertain the traces of custodial torture.

Torture: Despite court order no medical examination of Barapind even after 3 weeks

Jalandhar (October 25, 2012): It is learnt that the Jalandhar Police, Kapurthala jail authorities, Chief Medical Officer (CMO, Civil Hospital) Jalandhar have failed to get Bhai Kulvir Singh Barapind examined by a medical board despite court's order in this regard.

‘Third degree torture’ in Police custody: High Court notice to Patiala SSP & other police officers

Chandigarh/Punjab (October 10, 2012): According to media reports the Punjab and Haryana High Court has recently issued notices to the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Patiala and other police officers, including Davinder Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police; Karnail Singh, Station House Officer, and Gurmeet Singh, Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI), Police Station, Ghanaur, Patiala for allegedly giving electric shocks on private parts of a 40-year-old and use of third degree torture in police custody.

Torture on Bhai Kulvir Singh Barapind: SJF demands termination of Indo-American Extradition Treaty

New York (September 28, 2012): Galvanized by the Human Rights Watch’s September 27 report about Kulbir Singh Barapind’s torture by the Indian authorities, Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) has approached Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of State urging to terminate the Extradition Treaty between United States and India due to India’s routine practice of torturing detainees.

“Barapind’s case gives the Indian government a high-profile reminder to take action against the chronic problem of torture in custody: Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch called for an investigation into allegations that the Punjab police tortured Kulvir Singh Barapind after his September 20, 2012, arrest on charges of waging war on the state, possession of explosives, and sedition. His lawyer told Human Rights Watch that Barapind had complained to the magistrate that the police “applied electric shocks to his ears, beat him, and humiliated him.” The United States had extradited Barapind to India on June 17, 2006, on murder charges after obtaining assurances from India that he would not be tortured. A court in India subsequently acquitted Barapind of all charges and released him in April 2008.

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

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.

Sikh Federation (UK) take up case of Undemocratic arrest of Panch Pardhani leaders in Punjab

London, UK (September 27, 2012): According to information available with Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) the Khalsa Human Rights (KHR) the human rights arm of the Sikh Federation (UK) has issued an urgent appeal regarding the arrests and treatment of Bhai Kulbir Singh Barapind and Bhai Daljit Singh Bittu.

Sikh Diaspora initiated efforts against undemocratic detention of Sikh leadership in Punjab

Ludhiana/Punjab (September 26,2012): On Sunday September 30th the Canadian Sikh Coalition and Sikh Youth of America will be launching the "Free the Singh" Campaign to prevent further incarceration and torture of Bhai Daljit Singh Bittu, Bhai Kulbir Singh Barapind and others.

US Federal Court summons CM Punjab Parkash S. Badal for Human Rights violations

New York (August 8, 2012): On August 8, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin issued Summons against visiting Chief Minister of the State of Punjab, Parkash Badal, on the charges of police custodial torture and shielding the Police officers, DGP Sumedh Saini and others who are responsible for the extra judicial killings and continuous human rights violations against the Sikh community in Punjab.

Punjab CM Badal hit with lawsuit in USA; SJF says he overlooked torture on Sikhs in Punjab

Ludhiana (August 09, 2012): As per information available with Sikh Siyasat that Parkash Singh Badal the chief minister of the Punjab has been hit with ...

Faridkot police torture shopkeeper to death in custody

Faridkot, Punjab (April 09, 2012): Another case of custodial death and torture is reported in Punjab. "The 35-year-old victim, Chamkaur Singh of Khosa Pando village, who had a 'kirana' shop in the village, was picked up by the police on the charges of drug trafficking on Friday (April 08, 2012) evening. He was allegedly tortured, which led to his death the next morning", reports The Tribune.

“This is not France, we can make you disappear and no one will ask any questions”

... This officer, who is in front of you, had said that: “we have brought your car so that we can break your hands and your feet and then put you back in the vehicle to make it look like you hit a tree and no one will know or care about you”. The officer then said, “This is not France, we can make you disappear and no one will ask any questions”.

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