The Times of India – Notice to Haryana over prosecution of 4 cops in Hondh-Chillar massacre

Chandigarh, 1 August 2017. The Punjab and Haryana high court issued a notice to the Haryana government on Monday, following a plea demanding prosecution of four cops who were posted in Rewari district when 32 Sikhs were killed during November 1984 in the Hondh-Chillar village.

Justice Hari Pal Verma issued the notice after hearing a plea filed by Manwinder Singh, a resident of Ludhiana district, who had had also taken up the matter before the commission of inquiry headed by Justice T P Garg that had probed the issue. The matter has been fixed for September 26 for further hearing.

The petitioner had sought prosecution of four cops, the then Rewari superintendent of police (SP) Satender Kumar, the then Jatusana deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Ram Bhaj, the then Jatusana station house officer (SHO) Ram Kishore and Jatusana police station head constable Ram Kumar on the basis of the recommendations of Justice Garg commission that has “revealed the culpability of cops” in the incident.

The petitioner had referred Garg panel’s report in which commission had found that entire investigation was carried in “slipshod manner.”

Counsel for the petitioner, P S Hundal, also referred to page 110 of the inquiry commission’s report regarding role of law enforcement agency in which it was held that “lack of fear of police was also one of the cause for the happening of such a tragic incident.”

Further referring to page 117 of the report, the petitioner submitted that “these cops during the investigation have contradicted each other in their sworn evidence submitted before commission.”

The petitioner, referring to the report said, it was a complete no-action on the part of the law enforcement agency, further adding that the state of Haryana needs reforms that would make all those agencies entrusted with maintenance of law and order legally liable for mass crimes like the one in village Hondh in district Rewari.

He further said that the record revealed two persons, Rajbir Singh and Rampal, were arrested in relation to the incident but both were discharged as the case was untraced and no evidence could be collected by cops.

The incident had taken place on November 2, 1984, after the assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi when an armed mob murdered around 32 persons and virtually wiped out an entire hamlet. When the incident was brought to light in 2011, the Haryana government had set up an inquiry commission headed by former high court judge Justice T P Garg.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chandigarh/notice-to-haryana-over-prosecution-of-4-cops-in-hondh-chillar-massacre/articleshow/59853409.cms

Sikh 24.com – Dr Subramanian Swamy and UK MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi seek release of Sikh political prisoners

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New York, 1 August 2017. Since January 16, 2015, an elderly Sikh gentleman has been on a hunger strike to raise awareness about Sikh political prisoners.

Eighty-four year-old Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa began his peaceful protest at home in Hassanpur, Punjab and has since been forcefully kept at various hospitals for force-feeding and treatment.

His hunger strike will mark 950 days on 23 August, 2017, out of which more than 600 days have been spent at the hospital, against his will.

The Sikh political prisoners in question include those that have been kept in jail despite completing their full sentences, and those that can be released on humanitarian grounds.

The current Chief Minister of Punjab, Captain Amarinder, who has the power to authorize their release, has been a staunch supporter of granting these prisoners their freedom.

In 2013, he gave an impassioned speech that criticized the then party in power of keeping these men in jail. One can hope that he keeps his promise and grants freedom to the more than 100 political prisoners eligible for release.

Recently, two notable events aided in this pursuit for freedom. The first included a letter received by Indian politician Dr Subramanian Swamy, who serves as a member of parliament.

Dr Swamy tweeted the response he received from Home Minister Rajnath Singh, in which Singh states the government will examine the issue of the release of prisoners, for appropriate action.

The second event includes the meeting of the first turbaned Sikh MP in European Parliament, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi and Chief Minister Captain Amarinder. Dhesi posted on his Facebook account that he had met with Captain Amarinder and discussed many issues, including the release of Sikh political prisoners.

He also stated in a Punjabi news interview that this is an important topic and steps should be taken to release these prisoners.

Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa has stated that he will remain firm in his resolve to free these prisoners. His hunger strike will reach a significant milestone in October 2017, in which he will have endured 1,000 days on hunger strike.

Volunteers worldwide continue to help raise awareness for his cause. Supporters are encouraged to donate blood and post their photos on social media, using the hashtag #SikhBlood. Several art exhibitions around the world have been organized as well, showcasing pieces inspired by the hunger strike and Bapu Surat Singh (#Art4Justice).

An email campaign was also initiated via the website http://www.freesikhprisoners.com, where anyone can go to the link, fill in their information and an email is sent on their behalf to the Punjab Government.

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Den Haag: Scheveningen Meijendel – Scheveningen Tram 9

Scheveningen Meijendel
The Dunes
10 July 2017

Meijendel


Meijendel

Parking, dunes, beach and North Sea

Meijendel

Scheveningen Tram 9
10 July 2017

Tram 1 to Delft Tanthof – Tram 9 to Vrederust

Tram 9 to Vrederust

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New Indian Express – NIA detains Sikh lawyer in JK linked to separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani

Srinagar, 31 July 2017. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has extended its probe in the militant and separatists funding in Jammu and Kashmir and on Sunday detained a Sikh lawyer, who is associated with Hurriyat Conference led by hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani, after conducting raids at his office and residence in Jammu.

Sources said NIA sleuths conducted raids at the residence and office of Devender Singh Behl, a lawyer, in Baskshi Nagar area of Jammu, the winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir, this afternoon.

They said the NIA sleuths thoroughly searched office and residence of Behl, who is associated with legal cell of Geelani’s Hurriyat, and confiscated some records.

It was the second raid by NIA in Jammu in connection with the probe into militancy and separatist funding. Earlier, the NIA had raided residence and office of a businessman in Jammu.

A spokesman of NIA confirmed the raids at the residence of Behl, a lawyer and Chairman Jammu Kashmir Social Peace Forum (JKSPF), a constituent of Hurriyat led by Geelani.

He said Behl, who is a member of the legal cell of the Hurriyat, is a close associate of a top Hurriyat leader.

“He (Behl) regularly attends funeral of slain militants in the Valley,” the NIA spokesman said.

He said NIA was investigating his role as courier as he is suspected to be involved in routing funds to the separatist leaders from Pakistan-based handlers.

During the searches, NIA team has recovered four mobile phones, one tablet, other electronic devices, incriminating documents, financial papers and some other articles, the spokesman said.

Sources said Behl was questioned during the raids.

“After the questioning, Behl was detained by NIA sleuths,” they said.

The NIA, according to sources, has summoned the younger son of Geelani, Naseem Geelani, for questioning on Wednesday.

Geelani’s elder son Nayeem Geelani has also been summoned by NIA for questioning in New Delhi tomorrow (Monday).

Nayeem, however, was today admitted in a hospital in Srinagar after complaining of chest pain.

It is now unlikely that he will visit NIA headquarters in national capital tomorrow for questioning.

A doctor by profession, Nayeem had returned from Pakistan in 2010 after spending 11 years there.

The NIA is probing militancy and separatists funding in the Valley and has already arrested seven separatist leaders Altaf Ahmad Shah alias Altaf Fantoosh (Geelani’s son in law), Ayaz Akbar, Peer Safiullah, Mehraj-ud-Din Kalwal, Shahid-ul-Islam (Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s close aide and media advisor), Nayeem Khan and Farooq Ahmad Dar alias Bitta Karate on July 24.

They were taken to Delhi, where a court granted their 10 day remand till August 4 to NIA for questioning.

Sources said the NIA sleuths are questioning them and seeking details from them about the funds being used for fomenting trouble and militancy in the Valley.

The NIA had registered case on May 30 against separatist leaders for acting in connivance with militants of Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Toiba and other groups and woman separatist group Dukhtaran-e-Millat for raising, receiving and collecting funds through various illegal means including hawala for funding separatist and militant activities in Jammu and Kashmir.

The separatist leaders were accused of fomenting trouble in the Valley by inciting youth to pelt stones on security forces, burn schools, damage public property and waging war against India.

The NIA had questioned separatist leaders and businessmen in Valley and conducted raids in May and June this year to unearth separatist funding.

The separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, who spearheaded over five months long unrest in the Valley last year after killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani on July 8, 2016, have termed the arrests by NIA as “revengeful, arbitrary and illegal”.

Meanwhile, Geelani was today barred by authorities from conducting a presser on NIA raids at his Hyderpora residence in Srinagar.

He later issued a statement in which he denied the allegations leveled against him, his family members and associates by NIA.

“The reports and details of properties prepared by NIA are not based on facts,” he said adding, “Indian authorities are resorting to character assassination of separatist leadership to defame and delegitimize the real representative character of separatist camp”.

http://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2017/jul/30/nia-detains-sikh-lawyer-in-jk-linked-to-separatist-leader-syed-ali-geelani-1635819–1.html

Dawn – Adjournment motion in Senate to discuss AJK prime minister’s remarks

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Islamabad, Muzaffarabad, 1 August 2017. An adjournment motion has been moved in the Senate of Pakistan to discuss the remarks made by Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider.

Mr Haider was quoted as saying on Saturday that judgements such as the one in the Panama Papers case against Nawaz Sharif would force the people of Azad Kashmir to consider whether or not to accede to Pakistan.

According to the video of his press talk being circulated on social media, Mr Haider uttered the allegedly controversial remarks after he turned his guns on Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan.

However, on the same day, he said his statement was quoted out of context. Mr Haider assumed the office of AJK prime minister on July 29, 2016, for the second time in seven years, as a candidate of the PML-N, almost a week after the party swept general elections to the region’s Legislative Assembly.

Senator Sehar Kamran has submitted an adjournment motion in the upper house of parliament stating that the statement of the AJK PM was of vital significance for Pakistan’s national interest.

https://www.dawn.com/news/1348847/adjournment-motion-in-senate-to-discuss-ajk-prime-ministers-remarks