– 1984 Sikh Genocide: Arms dealer Abhishek Verma expresses conditional consent for Lie Detection Test

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New Delhi, 25 February 2017. Following the Court’s direction to the Central Bureau of Investigation to conduct ‘Lie Detection Test’ on Jagdish Tytler and Abhishek Verma on March 16 in a case of killing three Sikhs during 1984 Sikh genocide, the arms dealer Abhishek Verma has expressed conditional consent to undergo the test.

He has said that he was ready for a lie-detection test if Congress leader Jagdish Tytler also agrees to it.

Verma, who apprehends threat to his life and to his family, told the Additional chief metropolitan magistrate Shivali Sharma on February 23 that he had no objection in undergoing the polygraph test if he would be provided adequate security and the process will be shot visually.

“If Tytler agrees for the test, I have no objection on it. But if I am going for the test, adequate security should be provided to me and my family as I am under threat. Asking me for the lie-detection test is more of pointing fingers at me rather than the accused. I am a witness and I am coming forward to help the prosecution,” Verma submitted.

Advocate Maninder Singh, who appeared for Verma, said he had been made a witness by the CBI in the case and it would be proper if the agency records his statement before a magistrate under Section 164 Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) as he would not be able to retract from it.

It is pertinent to note here that the case pertains to killing of three innocent Sikhs near a Gurdwara Sahib in Pulbangash area of Northern Delhi in which Jagdish Tytler was accused of inciting Hindu mobs.

Although the probing agency CBI had acquitted Jagdish Tytler thrice in this case but later the arms dealer Abhishek Verma had deposed before the Court that Tytler had bribed the chief witness in this case by remitting Rupees 50 million on his son’s name to Canada.

Verma had told the Court that initially the remitted amount was freezed by the Canadian government but later he had helped them in defreezing the remitted ransom. – Satkar Singh Sidhu Latest To Be Gunned Down In Abbotsford’s Violent Townline Conflict

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Abbotsford-BC-Canada, 24 February 2017. Another young Indian-Canadian man has been gunned down in the ongoing gang conflict in Abbotsford’s Townline area.

Satkar Singh Sidhu, 23, has been identified as the man killed Monday in Abbotsford..

While RCMP said Sidhu did not have a criminal record but was known to police, it is believed the murder was targeted and is linked to other gang violence that has happened in the area.

In a statement, Cpl. Meghan Foster of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team said it’s fortunate no one else was injured in the shooting, which happened in a residential neighbourhood.

“Having association to or involvement with the gang life comes with many risks,” she said. “There are people who have information about what happened, and they need to step forward.”

She said it is still early in the investigation, and IHIT is trying to determine what, if any, involvement the three males taken into custody had in the homicide. They have since been released from custody, and are not facing any criminal charges.

Multiple 911 calls were reported Monday about shots fired on Steelhead Court shortly before 10 am.

Officers arrived to find Sidhu suffering from gunshot wounds. Ambulances were dispatched to the scene but he died off his injuries before he could be taken to hospital.

The neighbourhood is close to Townline Hill, an area that has been subject to recent gang turf wars.

The region has been subject to recent multiple warnings from police agencies, saying people connected to the conflict may be in danger.

Constable Ian MacDonald said one of the force’s officers saw the suspect vehicle speeding off. He gave chase, trying to pull it over on Highway 11, “and eventually into Mission”.

The vehicle only stopped after officers from Abbotsford and Mission RCMP threw down a spike belt. Three men were taken into custody, although it’s still unclear what, if any, role they have in the murder.

The vehicle was towed away from Lougheed Highway near Stave Lake Road and several of the windows were shattered.

Back at the scene, a large area of the road was taped off and investigators set up a white tent on a lawn.

Members of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team have taken over the probe into the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call police.

IHIT says its investigation is still in its infancy and “more updates will be provided tomorrow unless they can be provided earlier.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448), or by email at Should you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). – American Sikhs Combat a “Climate of Fear” with Food

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Norwich – Connecticut – USA, 22 February 2017. Since 9/11, Sikhs have unfairly become targets of religious-based attacks. Hate crime reports from previous years have shown a troubling trend towards hate-motivated violence against Sikhs mistaken for Muslims.

Many Sikhs are now living in fear that the current perceived anti-immigrant and anti-muslim rhetoric in the US (and other Western countries) could lead to another uptick in bigoted attacks.

“After the Quebec attack in Canada we asked our members to be vigilant, but today we’re asking them to be proactive. Let’s combat this growing climate of fear and xenophobia with compassion,” Swaranjit Singh Khalsa, organizer of United Sikhs Connecticut Chapter said.

That’s one of the thoughts behind the United Sikhs Connecticut Community Food Drive. As part of this quarterly event, a dozen or more volunteers (usually Sikhs) will prepare and distribute food to residents in need in Norwich, Connecticut.

The first food drive was held February 12th at Lee Memorial Chapel in Norwich. Up to 75 people in need received a home-cooked meal, complete with rice, beans, salad and a dessert.

“Food is one thing which connects people and I believe this is one way we can reach out to fellow Americans and initiate the dialog that may otherwise never be had. We hope that by increasing community engagement we can decrease the likelihood of hate-motivated crime towards us, and other marginalized groups,” Swaranjit Singh said.

United Sikhs, an international UN-affiliated NGO that offers humanitarian relief and legal assistance to Sikhs and others in need, hopes that by taking more proactive steps towards community building, it can ensure less discrimination cases comes through its doors.

“Sikhs have been living in the United State for more than 100 years but are still victims of ongoing hate and racial profiling. Being an organization that works for human rights and civil rights, I think it’s very important we take these kind of outreach programs to every city,” Swaranjit Singh said.

Swaranjit Singh says the mission behind the foot outreach is in line with what Sikhism teaches. “The message of Guru Nanak (Founder of Sikhism) which is love, compassion, sharing equality needs to go door to door and we believe this is good way to start.

Every month United Sikhs will plan something in a different town and different city to reach out to people and share message of Guru Gobind Singh ji which is ‘Recognize All Human Race as one,” Swaranjit Singh said. United Sikhs as a part of their Humanitarian Aid chapter conducts similar drives in Los Angeles, Toronto and in New York City.

February has been an active month for United Sikhs. The organization had a major presence in Yuba City last week as it (along with CEMA) provided food and shelter to the families who evacuated during the flood threat. A video of one grateful volunteer, went viral last week. – Sikh Council Issues Statement on “Internal Panthik Issues in UK”

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London, UK, 16 February 2017. In a press statement shared with Sikh24, Sikh Council UK media chair Jagjit Singh has stated that several issues were brought to its attention in the past few weeks, including beadbi at Woolwich, animal slaughter at Singh Sabha London and several other cases in the UK.

Sikh Council has stated that while it was willing to resolve such issues, it cannot mediate as such differences have existed within the community historically. The press release further mentions that mediation is only possible when both sides are willing to come together.

“Taken collectively these are matters of significant concern due to their adverse impact on community cohesion and reputation within the mainstream society,” said Jagjit Singh in the press release.

“There have been reports of violence within Gurdwaras, the police entering Gurdwara premises, contentious programmes, inflammatory speeches, threats of self-immolation, threats of violence, the raising of differences in doctrinal views in provocative terms, fake news social media postings, footage of ritual slaughter of animals and other such matters bringing the community into disrepute, exposing internal differences for others to exploit and endangering community cohesion.”

The Sikh Council stated that the reason behind these issues was differences over Maryada within the Sikh community. “The Sikh Council UK is constitutionally mandated to mediate in cases of disputes where all parties are agreeable to such intervention and we remain willing always to seek to bring parties together.

We are appealing to all Sikhs to resist undertaking those activities or raising those matters of doctrinal difference or dispute in a manner which heighten tensions and lead to divisions and instead to focus on those activities which will lead to unity, progress and the betterment of the community.” – Sikh employee granted permission to wear kirpan at work in London

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London, UK, 19 February 2017. A Sikh employee has been permitted to wear the Kirpan in the workplace of an international telecommunications company based in the City in London following initially being refused to right to wear it on ostensible security grounds.

The individual had taken the momentous decision to become an Amritdhari (an initiated) Sikh and as such he was following the mandatory Sikh code of conduct requiring him to carry the five articles of Sikh faith on his person at all times.

He informed his employer of the circumstances following which his employer initially refused consent.

Sikh Council UK along with other member organisations intervened and provided details concerning Sikh articles of faith following which the employer conceded and has since adopted a policy permitting the individual to wear his kirpan in the workplace.

This is the second such case recently where the Sikh Council UK has successfully intervened in connection with the wearing the kirpan in the workplace.

The other case involved two Sikhs employees initially being stopped for wearing kirpans at a large international airport based in the South-east.

The airport has now adopted a policy around the wearing of the kirpan by employees in the workplace in consultation with the Sikh Council UK.

Jagtar Singh, Secretary General Elect of Sikh Council UK, said: “It is unfortunate that cases such as these still occur too often for our liking, especially in large multi-national organisations. However, we are pleased with the outcomes in these cases, which has meant these Sikhs are now able to practice their faith whilst at work”.

He added “Casework like this is a regular feature of the work of Sikh Council UK and we frequently receive queries seeking our assistance in such matters.

Subject to capacity we of course seek to assist any Sikh who faces any issues at work or elsewhere in connection with their articles of faith. If any Sikh is facing any such problems they are requested to get in touch with us without delay”. – Jathedar Nandgarh appeals Sikh masses to oust Badal affiliated candidates from DSGMC

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Bathinda, Panjab, 15 February 2017. Former Jathedar of Takht Sri Damdama Sahib Giani Balwant Singh Nandgarh has appealed the Delhi based Sikh masses to oust Badal affiliated candidates in DSGMC.

“All Sikhs should unite to defeat Badals in the elections as they have openly violated the Sikh tenets by attending worship meeting of Shivling,” Giani Nandgarh told Sikh24 on February 15.

Launching attack on DSGMC (Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee) residing General Secretary Manjinder Sirsa, Giani Nandgarh said that Sirsa didn’t utter even a single word against the occurrence of sacrilege incidents across Punjab while he was appointed as an OSD (Officer on Special Duty) of Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal at that time.

Jathedar Nandgarh appealed the Delhi Sikh voters to vote for a candidate committed to Sikh faith.

Elections for DSGMC are scheduled to take place on February 26. With 4 parties contesting the elections, there are over 400 candidates who have filed for candidacy papers.

A picture of Sirsa had surfaced online two weeks ago on social media. While the picture dates October 2016, it came to the fore again as Manjinder Sirsa is contesting the elections for management of Delhi Gurdwaras. Sikhs have questioned how they can give control of their Gurdwaras to Sirsa who follows other faiths. – Harinder Singh Phoolka: Jagdish Tytler had himself sought ‘Lie Detection Test’ earlier

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Dakha, Panjab, 14 February 2017. Taking on key culprit of 1984 Sikh genocide Jagdish Tytler for refusing to undergo polygraph (lie detection) test, former Advocate of Supreme Court Harvinder Singh Phoolka said that Tytler used to talk of undergoing lie detection test himself while interacting with media.

He said that the refusal of Jagdish Tytler to undergo ‘Lie Detection Test’ reveals that he was guilty of instigating Hindu mobs to kill innocent Sikh youths.

It is noteworthy here that the CBI had sought permission from Metropolitan Court of Delhi to conduct Tytler’s lie detection test to unearth the truthfulness of his statements made before the probing agency.

The case pertains to killing of three innocent Sikh youths named Badal Singh, Thakur Singh and Gurcharan Singh near a Gurdwara Sahib in Pulbangash area of Northern Delhi.

Phoolka said that Jagdish Tytler had bribed Giani Surinder Singh, the key witness of the case by remitting large sums of money to Canada to him. He said that the amount was initially freezed by the Canadian authorities but later the Arms and Ammunition dealer Abhishek Verma helped them in de-freezing the remitted amount.

Phoolka added that the Arms dealer Abhishek Verma, who is also proximate of another Sikh genocide culprit Sajjan Kumar, had confessed before the CBI that he helped Jagdish Tytler in making the remitted amount available to son of key witness.

He further said that the conduction of Polygraph test on Jagdish Tytler as well as Abhishek Verma was required to unearth their criminal face. He sought filing of charge sheet against the two culprits if they refuse to undergo ‘Lie Detection Test’.

Lie Detection or Polygraph Test

What is a Polygraph Test?

A polygraph, popularly referred to as a lie detector, measures and records several physiological indices such as blood pressure, pulse, respiration, and skin conductivity while the subject is asked and answers a series of questions.

A polygraph machine records the body’s involuntary responses to an examiner’s questions in order to ascertain deceptive behaviour. The test measures physiological data from three or more systems of the human body-generally the respiratory, cardiovascular, and sweat gland systems-but not the voice.

Are lie detector test accurate?

The accuracy of polygraph testing has long been controversial. An underlying problem is theoretical: There is no evidence that any pattern of physiological reactions is unique to deception. An honest person may be nervous when answering truthfully and a dishonest person may be non-anxious.

How does a lie detector test work?

If you’re like most people, lying makes your heart race. It makes you pant. It drives up your blood pressure and makes you drip sweat. A polygraph machine detects lies by looking for signs of these physiological changes.

Testing Procedure:

The examiner typically begins polygraph test sessions with a pre-test interview to gain some preliminary information which will later be used to develop diagnostic questions. Then the tester will explain how the polygraph is supposed to work, emphasizing that it can detect lies and that it is important to answer truthfully.

Then a “stim test” is often conducted: the subject is asked to deliberately lie and then the tester reports that he was able to detect this lie. Guilty subjects are likely to become more anxious when they are reminded of the test’s validity. However, there are risks of innocent subjects being equally or more anxious than the guilty.

Then the actual test starts. Some of the questions asked are “irrelevant” or IR (“Is your name Fred?”), others are “diagnostic” questions, and the remainder are the “relevant questions”, or RQ, that the tester is really interested in.

The different types of questions alternate. The test is passed if the physiological responses to the diagnostic questions are larger than those during the relevant questions (RQ). – DSGMC elections: HSGPC to support Sarna led Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) candidates

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Kurukshetra, Haryana, India, 11 February 2017. The Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhik Committee has announced to support candidates fielded by Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) led by Paramjit Singh Sarna. The HSGPC was carved out of SGPC in July 2014 and has been a strong opponent of the Akali Dal (Badal).

Speaking to Sikh24 on February 10, General Secretary of HSGPC S Joga Singh clarified that the HSGPC would openly work for the winning of candidates fielded by Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) led by Paramjit Singh Sarna.

Ruling out any possibility of supporting candidates led by former Akal Takht Jathedar Ranjit Singh or AAP backed Avtar Singh Kalka, S Joga Singh said that their sole mission was to oust Badal affiliated candidates from DSGMC and only Sarna led candidates were having ground base there.

The Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee was constituted by the Bhupinder Singh Huda led Congress government of Haryana on July 11, 2014.

The constitution of a separate Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhik Committee was challenged by a Kurukshetra based SGPC member in the Supreme Court. The case is under consideration of the constitution bench of the Supreme Court of India led by Justice J S Khehar. The Apex Court is expected to address its verdict in coming months.

Meanwhile, just few weeks ahead of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee elections, the Shiromani Akali Dal (Delhi) president Paramjit Sarna has raised serious allegations on Shiromani Akali Dal’s patriarch Parkash Badal.

He has said that Parkash Badal has sent armed police men with AK-47 riffles to provide security to Akali Dal (Badal)’s leaders in Delhi and to threaten the Sikh voters.

Sarna said that Chief Minister of Punjab Parkash Badal has provided security cover of Punjab police cops equipped with border-range AK-47 rifles to DSGMC president Manjit Singh GK, DSGMC’s general secretary Manjinder Sirsa and Avtar Hit.

He said that it was against the norms of Punjab police and territorial law to provide security cover by state government of Punjab to non-categorical Delhi based leaders.

Sarna alleged that the only motive of sending armed Punjab police cops to Delhi was to threaten the Sikh voters in DSGMC elections.

He further said that he will raise the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Lieutenant Governor of Delhi and will ask them that if these leaders really need security cover then the state government of Delhi should provide them security.

Sarna said that even the Delhi police was not aware of the amount of arms & ammunition carried by these Punjab police cops to Delhi. He appealed the voters not to get scared of these cheap tactics of Badal affiliated leaders and dare to vote them out of sacred Sikh shrines of Delhi. – Professor Badungar undergoes closed door meeting with Giani Gurbachan Singh

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Ludhiana, Panjab, 9 February 2017. On the eve of antim ardas (final prayer) of former SGPC President Avtar Makkar’s son, current SGPC President Professor Kirpal Singh Badungar and SGPC appointed Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh underwent a closed door meeting.

The meeting between two temporal Sikh leaders underwent in an isolated room in which Giani Gurbachan Singh was seen red faced. It is learnt that the duo were talking in loud manner to each other.

It is being speculated that Giani Gurbachan Singh is outraged over Shiromani Akali Dal’s act of demanding support from controversial anti-Sikh Sirsa cult chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim.

Earlier, Giani Gurbachan Singh had signified that he will take action against Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Badal for violating the edict passed against Sirsa cult chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim directing Sikh masses to boycott him and his disciples.

It is important to note that Giani Gurbachan Singh had asked Professor Kirpal Singh Badungar to formalise a panel to probe the visit of Akalis to Dera Sacha Sauda. However, the latter hand picked prominent Akali Dal supporters to carry out the probe.

Other senior Akali leaders Dr Daljit Singh Cheema (Cabinet Minister), Amarjit Singh Chawla (SGPC General Secretary), Maheshinder Singh Grewal and others were also present on this occasion.

After the conclusion of the meeting between Professor Badungar and Giani Gurbachan Singh, media reporters tried to talk to them but they refused to answer any media query. Meanwhile, the security persons successfully let them to the exit from venue.

Later, SGPC General Secretary Amarjit Singh Chawla said that the two leaders refrained from talking to media as it was a funeral. – Dal Khalsa questions SGPC panel for Sacha Sauda probe: Junior Akalis cannot take action against their Seniors

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Amritsar Sahib, Panjab, 8 February 2017. Dal Khalsa leader H S Dhami took a dig at SGPC president Kirpal Singh Badungar for trying to mislead the Sikh sangat by instructing third rung Akalis to probe against their own top leaders. He said the decision of Prof Bhadungar is tantamount to “an ASI probing against ADGP”.

“What is there to probe? Everything is in black and white,” said Dhami terming the proposed probe as eyewash. He further said Dera Sirsa has declared its support in the presence of Akali leaders and in lieu of that Akalis promised to felicitate Dera’s programmes in Punjab clearly violating the Akal Takht Hukamnama of May 17 and 20, 2007.

Accusing the Akali leadership for taking the community for a ride, party’s former president observes that the SGPC has constituted a committee comprising three of its office bearers to probe Dera Sirsa’s support to Akali Dal only to save the latter from the embarrassment and further damage in the ensuing DSGMC polls slated for 26 February.

Notably, both the SGPC and DSGMC are controlled by Akali Dal in general and Badal family in particular.

He questioned the validity, authenticity and relevance of the probe carried out by junior members against their own party’s senior members. He said all three probe committee members were handpicked by Badals to run SGPC affairs. Only a naive can believe that they would dare to go against their own party leadership’.

After looting, cheating and misleading the Sikhs of Punjab for long, the Akali Dal led by Badals is all set to deceive the Sikhs of Delhi with an aim to strengthen its hold on DSGMC through its protégé Manjit Singh GK and Manjinder Singh Sirsa.

It is in this context that GK was making noises against Akalis who went to seek support from Sirsa cult.

He said the Sikh Sangat has vented their ire against Badals and their coterie for hobnobbing with anti-Gurmat elements and given their verdict in the recently held elections. He termed the role of incumbent Takht jathedar Giani Gurbachan Singh in the present crisis, as highly deplorable and disgusting.