Sikh24.com – Against India’s occupation of Kashmir, Sikh and Tamil groups to hold public demonstration in Delhi on 26 September

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 16 September 2019. Perturbed over the stubborn attitude of the Indian government with regards to the situation in Kashmir, its unrelenting role of disrespecting human rights in the region where the special status of the people and the state has been unilaterally abrogated, political parties from Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Kashmir will hold Justice March and Rally in Delhi on 26 September.

The March and rally will be organized jointly by Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) and Dal Khalsa in which representatives of United Akali Dal, Sikh Youth of Punjab will also participate.

Leaders and activists of political party Naam Tamilar Katchi from Tamil Nadu and Committee for Release of Political Prisoners from Delhi will also participate in the public demonstration at Jantar Mantar on the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the UN General Assembly, scheduled for 27 September.

While addressing the press conference in Chandigarh on 15 September, leaders of all the parties declared that minorities and nationalities will speak in India’s capital to uphold the right of the Kashmiris to speak.

While Prime Minister of India will present his side of story on Kashmir’s so-called integration into India at the United Nations session, we will speak on behalf of the population, who have been detained at gunpoint and their lives paralyzed since 05 August.

The leaders announced that in India they would hold the demonstration and at international level our aligned group Sikh Youth of America and our own organizational units in US will join with Sikh, Tamil and Kashmiri Diaspora outside UN headquarters to protest against India’s highhandedness against minorities and lockdown in Kashmir.

SAD (Amritsar) president Simranjit Singh Mann said with more than 40 days of continued incarceration of an entire population of the valley, concerned political groups, human rights bodies, civil liberties champions and those who love Kashmir as much as they love Kashmiris have decided to converge on Jantar Mantar to express their solidarity with the people of Kashmir and protest against the continued subjugation by the Indian state.

This Justice Rally will serve as a rallying point to unequivocally declare that the problem of Kashmir, the rights of the people of Kashmir is an international issue and not a bilateral one as India, the Security Council or the United Nations think it to be, said Dal Khalsa head Harpal Singh Cheema.

While we are comforted that the United Nations is raising its pitch of consternation against India on the overall situation in Kashmir, there is still a vast room to do more, added party spokesman Kanwar Pal Singh.

UAD president Gurdeep Singh Bhatinda said the whole country is shrouded in fear. Opposition parties, non-governmental groups, individual human rights defenders are all reeling under the stress caused by the Indian state.

A state of numbness, pseudo-nationalistic and ultra-nationalism is sweeping the country, said Paramjit Singh Mand, president of Sikh Youth of Punjab.

Against India’s occupation of Kashmir, Sikh and Tamil groups to hold public demonstration in Delhi on Sep 26

Sikh24.com – Sacrilege Case: Charges framed against three Sirsa cult disciples

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 12 September 2019. In a case pertaining to the recovery of a Janam Sakhi, 25 shells of used bullets and a written chit from Mohinder Pal Bittu’s house, a local court of Faridkot has today framed charges against three Sirsa cult disciples.

Notably, an FIR no. 89/2018 was registered against four Sirsa cult disciples namely Mohinder Pal Bittu, Shakti and Sukhjinder aka Sunny under 295-A along with relevant provisions of Arms act and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

Mohinder Pal Bittu was beaten to death with rods by two Sikh youths Maninder Singh and Gursewak Singh inside Nabha jail on June 22 this year.

It is learnt that the next hearing of this case has been deferred onto October 9.

Although there was a widespread delightedness among the common Sikh masses over the punishment given to sacrilege culprit Mohinder Pal Bittu by two Sikh youths, but the SIT head IG Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh had said that Bittu’s murder was a major setback to the sacrilege probe as his presence could have unearthed those behind the sacrilege incidents.

Sacrilege Case: Charges framed against three Sirsa cult disciples

The Indian Express – Explained: Ex-Khalistan supporters can now enter India. Here’s why

Being on the Adverse List meant that these people, who have now either taken asylum in foreign countries or are their citizens, could not get a visa to visit India.

Angad Singh Brar

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 13 September 2019. As many as 312 Sikhs who had fled the country at the height of the militancy in Punjab have been taken off the central government’s “Adverse List”. The list that was originally 314-strong, now has just two individuals on it.

Being on the Adverse List meant that these people, who have now either taken asylum in foreign countries or are their citizens, could not get a visa to visit India. The government’s move on Friday will allow them to return to meet members of their families here, sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said.

The two individuals who continue to be on the list are suspected to still have links with “forces inimical to India”, the sources said. They said the review is a dynamic process, which is carried out periodically.

So, what is the Central Adverse List?

The MHA maintains a list of individuals who supported the Khalistan movement in the 1980s and 90s, but left India to take asylum in foreign countries.

On this list were some “hardliners” who were in favour of a separate Sikh state, and who had strongly opposed Operation Bluestar. Many of the Sikhs on this list fled India to escape the authorities.

However, the Adverse List is not restricted to just Punjab or the Khalistan movement. The list has names of those individuals who are suspected to have links with terrorist outfits or have violated visa norms on their previous visits to India.

It also includes names of persons who have indulged in criminal activities, or have been accused of sexual crimes against children in their countries. The broader list contains more than 35,000 names.

What is the purpose of such a list?

This list is constantly used by all Indian Missions and Consulates to stop these individuals from entering India. Thus, visa requests by these persons are refused. It is an internal security measure; it is also intended to make it difficult for suspects wanted for crimes in other countries to escape to India.

The MHA, which maintains the list, gets inputs from all state governments. Various intelligence agencies review it constantly, and add new names to it. Both central and state intelligence agencies contribute to the information that helps determine whether an individual should be part of the list.

Law and Order being a state subject, state police forces play an important role in intelligence gathering in order to keep the list updated.

What does the recent action mean?

The 312 Sikhs whose names have been removed from the Central Adverse List will now be able to visit India. Most of these individuals are of fairly advanced age, and have not been in the country for perhaps four decades.

Their presence on the list sometimes had the effect of their relatives being denied visas by other countries, so the relief will extend beyond just these 312 individuals.

The Punjab and Haryana High Court had on May 29, 2001, directed the Government of India to facilitate the entry into India of the leader of the Khalistan movement, Jagjit Singh Chauhan.

https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/ex-khalistan-supporters-can-now-enter-india-heres-why-5993426/

The Hindustan Times – Supreme Court grants 4 more months to Centre, Punjab, Haryana on Sutlej-Yamuna Link Canal (SYL) issue

Punjab government has demanded a negotiated settlement between the two states with the help of the Centre.

HT Correspondent

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 04 September 2019. Supreme Court on Tuesday granted four more months to Punjab, Haryana and the Centre to resolve differences on the Sutlej-Yamuna Link Canal, saying it was willing to wait for an amicable settlement to the dispute to be worked out.

A fresh time frame was fixed by a bench led by justice Arun Mishra after attorney general  K K Venugopal asked for three more months to discuss and settle the vexed dispute.

The bench gave four months for the talks after the Haryana government counsel said the court must fix a time frame for concluding the discussions.The counsel said the talks cannot go on indefinitely.

The Punjab government has demanded a negotiated settlement between the two states with the help of the Centre. The two states are at loggerheads over a controversial 1981 water-sharing agreement. Haryana state was carved out of Punjab in 1966.

The agreement proposed the construction of the SYL canal for effective allocation of water,with each state required to fund the portion falling in its territory. While Haryana completed its portion of the SYL canal, Punjab, after the initial phase, stopped work on it. This led to multiple cases reaching the top court.

In 2004, the Congress government in Punjab came out with the Punjab Termination of Agreement Act to annul the 1981 agreement and all other pacts relating to sharing waters of the Ravi and Beas rivers. This was two years after the top court decreed Haryana’s suit and ordered Punjab to fulfil its commitments on water sharing.

In 2004, the Supreme Court rejected Punjab’s original suit and asked the Centre to take over the remaining infrastructure work on the canal.

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/sc-grants-4-more-months-to-centre-punjab-haryana-on-syl-issue/story-uB3wcVuQTVH1hoXAHt7jBN.html

Sikh24.com – 1984 Sikh Genocide: SIT to reopen seven cases including one against Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 10 September 2019. Appointed by the Union government of India to crack 1984 Sikh genocide cases, the Special Investigation Team is going to reopen seven Sikh genocide cases which include the one in which Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath is accused of giving shelter to five genocide culprits.

It is learnt that in these seven cases, either the accused were acquitted or the trial was closed and the SIT may consider fresh evidences against the accused in these cases.

These seven cases were registered in 1984 at police stations in Vasant Vihar, Sun Light Colony, Kalyanpuri, Parliament Street, Connaught Place, Patel Nagar and Shahdara.

“A big Victory for @Akali_Dal_ SIT Opens case against @OfficeOfKNath for his alleged involvement in 1984 Sikh genocide,” DSGMC president Manjinder S Sirsa said in a tweet.

“Notification issued by MHA upon my submission last year, Case number 601/84 to reopen & consider fresh Evidence against Kamal Nath,” he added.

Talking to media on the development, Sirsa said that two witnesses were ready to depose against the Congress leader. “We talked to them today, they’ve agreed to depose before SIT whenever they are called. We talked to SIT today, they said they will give us a specific date,” Sirsa said. He also demanded security for two witnesses.

Sirsa urged Congress president Sonia Gandhi to seek the resignation of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath so that Sikhs get justice for the 1984 Sikh genocide committed near Gurdwara Rakab Ganj in the national capital.

“We demand that Congress president should immediately take resignation of Kamal Nath and oust him from his post so that the Sikhs get justice,” Sirsa told media.

1984 Sikh Genocide: SIT to reopen seven cases including one against Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath

Sikh24.com – Sikh loaders being forced to work without a turban and trim hairs at Amritsar airport

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 02 September 2019. Several Sikh youths, who are working as loaders at Sri Guru Ram Dass International Airport (Amritsar), are being forced to work without a turban. It is learnt that a female official deployed by the Indo-Thai Airport Management Services is forcing the Sikh youths to work without a turban and to trim their hair.

Taking strong notice of the incident, Longowal has said that the female official has hurt religious sentiments of Sikh loaders by forcing them to work without a turban. He has asked the Airport authorities to take action against the female official.

Sikh loaders being forced to work without a turban and trim hairs at Amritsar airport

Sikh24.com – Kathavachak attacked for asking people to stop dancing over vulgar songs inside Gurdwara Sahib Premises

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 01 September 2019. Bhai Atar Singh, who is serving as a Kathavachak in Gurdwara Jyoti Saroop Sahib (Fatehgarh Sahib), reportedly got attacked by some people in village Jhanjeri on August 31.

It is learnt that the incident occurred when Bhai Atar Singh tried to stop the people dancing on vulgar songs running over DJ inside the premises of Gurdwara Sahib.

Sharing the details of incident, SGPC spokesperson Kulwinder Singh Ramdas informed that Bhai Atar Singh was returning from Mohali to Fatehgarh Sahib last night when he noticed some people dancing over vulgar songs inside the premises of Gurdwara Sahib in village Jhanjeri.

Feeling it his duty to stop the violation of the Sikh code of conduct, Bhai Atar Singh tried to convince the dancing people to stop violating the code of conduct inside Gurdwara Sahib but the concerned people launched attack on him.

During this attack, the sacred Kakaars worn by him got disrespected and his car also got damaged.

Taking strong notice of this unfortunate incident, the SGPC president Gobind Singh Longowal has raised questions over the day by day worsening law and order situation in Punjab. He has demanded strong action against all the elements involved in attacking the Kathavachak.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that a FIR has been registered on Police station Majaat which falls in Sohana police constituency.

Kathavachak attacked for asking people to stop dancing over vulgar songs inside Gurdwara Sahib Premises

Sikh24.com – Demolition of Ravidas Temple: Sikh bodies announce to hold Solidarity March with Ravidasia community in Jalandhar on 03 September.

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 29 August 2019. Taking serious view of the demolition of Bhagat Ravidas Ji temple in Delhi, the Sikh bodies SAD (Amritsar), Dal Khalsa and United Akali Dal today resolved to take out a March in Jalandhar on 03 September to express their solidarity with Ravidasia community and to send message to Delhi government that nothing short of reconstruction of temple would soothe the hurt sentiments of aggrieved community.

Addressing the media today, Kanwar Pal Singh and Prof Mohinder Pal Singh said demolition of temple was as painful and hurtful to Sikhs as it was to Ravidasia community. They said Bhagat Ravidas Ji’s hymns are part of Guru Granth Sahib Ji, hence both the communities have shared bonding.

“Moreover forceful demolition of any holy place irrespective of religion leaves lacks of its disciple and followers in pain and stress. We condemn the government’s move and fully stand by Ravidasia community in this hour of crisis,” they said.

They said their groups will cooperate with Ravidasia community in their future action program to build temple in case government fails to reconstruct the same at original location.

They further said before taking out the solidarity march in Jalandhar, they would hold convention at Gurdwara Guru Teg Bahadur where speakers will share their views and concerns on the matter. They have invited BSP and Bahujan Mukti Morcha representatives to attend the convention.

Replying to a question on CBI’s U-turn in Bargari sacrilege case, the Dal Khalsa leader said it was matter of grave concern that justice eludes Sikhs even after four years of painful event and despite three SIT’s constituted by both past and present governments.

“All probe panels (SIT) and the CBI were working on political lines thus making mockery of justice. Their findings contradict each other leaving us in no doubt that the factionalism within police hierarchy has marred their professionalism and credibility,” he added.

Demolition of Ravidas Temple: Sikh bodies announce to hold Solidarity March with Ravidasia community in Jalandhar on Sep 3

Sikh24.com – AAP MLAs take on Subramanian Swamy for his objectionable statement on Kartarpur corridor

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 25 August 2019. Strongly criticizing the Subramanian Swamy’s statement suggesting suspension of Kartarpur corridor’s construction work, the AAP legislators has asked the BJP high command to either ask Swamy to revoke his statement or expel him from the party with immediate effect.

AAP legislators Professor Baljinder Kaur, Rupinder Kaur Ruby, Manjit Singh Bilaspur, Kulwant Singh Pandori and Jai Krishan Singh Rodi have said that Swamy has twitched the hearts of the worldwide Sikh sangat with his objectionable thinking and wording.

They added that the prayers of Sikh community have borne fruits after 70 years, but the politicians like Subramanian Swamy are creating hurdles to stop Kartarpur corridor from getting operational.

They also took on BJP parliamentarian Kiran Kher for comparing Indian PM Narendra Modi with Hindu Lord Sri Krishna. They said that Modi can be very great for Kiran Kher but comparing him to Lord Sri Krishna was totally wrong.

AAP MLAs take on Subramanian Swamy for his objectionable statement on Kartarpur corridor

The Asian Age – Ram Rahim parole plea rejected again

In her petition, Kaur submitted that her husband had earned the necessary good conduct remission reports for the parole as required under law.

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 28 August 2019. The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday refused to grant relief to Gurmit Ram Rahim Singh after his wife, Harjeet Kaur, filed a petition seeking his release on parole to look after his ailing mother.

In her petition, Kaur submitted that her husband had earned the necessary good conduct remission reports for the parole as required under law. Kaur submitted that Ram Rahim had been sentenced to imprisonment for two terms of 10 years by a Panchkula special judge. He has also been sentenced to undergo life imprisonment in a murder case.

She added that his mother, Naseeb Kaur, 85, was suffering from a heart ailment and needed to undergo an angiography. The petition said the mother was “old and weak” and had expressed “desire that her only son” Gurmeet Ram Rahim be present to attend to her. The Bench was of the opinion that Ram Rahim could himself file the plea.

The plea came two years after Ram Rahim was sentenced to two 10-year terms in a rape case. His wife had sought a three-week parole for him to tend to his ailing mother on the grounds that the convict had earned “good conduct remission reports”.

Earlier, jail authorities in Rohtak, where he is undergoing sentence, refused to grant him the parole to meet his ailing mother.

The decision not to grant the parole was taken by jail superintendent Sunil Sangwan on August 9 after Justice Kuldip Singh of the Punjab and Haryana High Court directed the state to take a decision on the representation of Ram Rahim Singh’s wife.

https://www.asianage.com/india/crime/280819/ram-rahim-parole-plea-rejected-again.html