May 12, 2013 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
New Delhi, India (May 12, 2013): According to a Daily Mail UK (India) news: “[t]he Tihar jail procuring two hanging ropes from Buxar in Bihar has set off speculation over who is the next in line to be hanged”.
“Officials, however, deny any execution plan”, Daily Mail has reported.
According to the news report the last time such a hanging rope was brought to Tihar jail was when Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru was to be hanged and that time the execution had reportedly taken place three months after the rope was procured.
“The man most likely to be hanged if an execution is ordered is Youth Congress office blast case convict Devender Pal Singh Bhullar” Daily Mail has reported.
Professor Devender Pal Singh Bhullar, a Sikh political prisoner faces imminent threat of execution in India.
Convicted solely on the basis of a confession extracted though torture in police custody, Prof. Bhullar has been on death row since 2001. Indian executive and judiciary has recently cleared the execution of death sentence in his case.
Though there is strong opposition to Prof. Bhullar’s hanging from various quarters with in and outside India, but the recent reports suggest that the hanging in this case seems inevitable.
Sikhs are viewing suspected execution of Prof. Bhullar as a political murder by Indian state that is going to be committed under the directions from Judiciary.
Akali Dal Panch Pardhani (ADPP) leader Bhai Mandhir Singh said: “[t]he decision of Indian state to kill Prof. Devender Pal Singh Bhullar is a clear sign that Sikhs are slaves in India”.
“No argument, no appeal has worked in this case because the arguments of politically subjugated communities carry no weightage in the eyes of occupants” he added.
He said that the recent decision of Indian state clearing execution of Prof. Bhullar has made reaffirms that the cycle to state violence against Sikhs in India is not going to stop, unless the political subjugation is overthrown.
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