– Commission’s final report points toward Badal’s direct role in ordering fire on Sikhs

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Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 18 August 2018. The Justice Ranjit Singh led Investigation Commission, constituted by the Punjab government to probe sacrilege cases, submitted its final part of the report to the Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh on August 16.

Sources have informed that Captain Amarinder Singh has directed the state’s home department to take further necessary action on the full and final report on sacrilege cases.

Sikh24 has learnt that the entire report is in four parts. While Part-1 of the report was submitted on June 30, Part-2 submitted recently deals with incidents of sacrilege in SAS Nagar, Fatehgarh Sahib, Roop Nagar and Patiala districts.

Part-3 is related to incidents in SBS Nagar (Nawanshahr) and Hoshiarpur districts and Part-4 covers the sacrilege incidents in Amritsar, Bathinda, Barnala, Faridkot, Fazilka, Ferozepur, Gurdaspur, Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Ludhiana, Mansa, Moga, Sangrur, Muktsar and Tarn Taran districts.

In a video uploaded on his Facebook page, MLA Sukhpal Singh Khaira claimed that the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission has disclosed in the final report that the former DGP Sumedh Saini has submitted an affidavit before the Commission in which Saini has admitted that the then Punjab CM Parkash Badal had called him at 2 am of October 14 i.e. few hours before opening fire on the peacefully protesting Sikhs.

Seeking a thorough investigation in this concern, Sukhpal Khaira expressed a suspicion that Saini might have been ordered by Badal to open fire on the peacefully protesting Sikhs at Behbal Klan and Kotkapura.

He said that the fact couldn’t be neglected as the former SAD-BJP led Punjab government did everything to shield the guilty police cops.

It is pertinent to note here that on being summoned by the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission, the former Punjab CM Parkash Badal had refused to appear before the Commission and had said that he annuls the commission.

Advertisements – Living martyr Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana questions credibility of ‘Khalistanis’

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Patiala – Panjab – India, 14 August 2018. In a sudden breakthrough today, the death row convict Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana has raised questions over the credibility ‘Khalistani’ leaders presently active for the establishment of a sovereign Sikh state.

He has said that these ‘Khalistani’ leaders have made the entire Sikh struggle impotent by sledgehammering its ground base.

In a letter addressed to the Sikh community, the living martyr Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana has said that these ‘Khalistani’ leaders have nothing to do with an independent sovereign Sikh state and their sole motive is to divide the Sikh vote bank to deliver benefit to the anti-Sikh parties like Congress which they have been doing successfully for the last 34 years.

Raising serious questions over the working of these ‘Khalistanis’ during 1991 & 1992, Bhai Rajoana has said that these so called ‘Khalistanis’ had murdered 28 Akali candidates in the 1991’s Punjab assembly polls (boycotted by Congress and later cancelled by the Indian government) but didn’t kill even a single Congress candidate during 1992’s assembly polls instead paved a way for the Congress leaders to gain power in Punjab by boycotting the elections.

Making a sarcastic remark over these ‘Khalistanis’, Bhai Rajoana said that they had supported and funded the election campaign of the Aam Admi Party during the Punjab assembly polls in 2017. He added that these ‘Khalistanis’ regard AAP as their political wing and Kejriwal as their president.

Questioning the embedment of these ‘Khalistanis’ with the Congress, Bhai Rajoana said that these ‘Khalistanis’ start talking about state’s atrocities on Sikhs when Congress lose power and sit silently when it comes to power. He added that with the formation of Congress government in Punjab, the ‘Khalistan’ of these ‘Khalistanis’ comes into existence.

Making a shocking revelation about an unsuccessful attempt by these ‘Khalistanis’ to purchase him, Bhai Rajoana has said that a ‘self-styled’ intellectual Professor Prabhsharndeep Singh had tried to bribe his sister with claims of providing large ransoms of money in 2012 and had asked him to make statements against the then ruling Shiromani Akali Dal.

“But when I gave them a befitted reply by appealing the Akal Takht Jathedar to issue an edict against the Congress, then these ‘Khalistanis’ had resorted to cheap kind of preachment against me over social media” he added.

Appealing the Sikh youths to remain aware of these ‘Khalistanis’, Bhai Rajoana has said that these ‘Khalistani’ are cooking their bread on the funeral pyres of innocent Sikh youths.

I think he is talking about Panjab based Khalistanis, but it would be good if he could be more specific.
Man in Blue – USA: two arrested in attack of Sikh man at Manteca park, including son of police chief

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Manteca – California – USA, 09 August 2018. Manteca police have arrested two teens in connection with the attack of a 71-year-old Sikh man at Graystone Park Monday morning.

Police say numerous tips assisted authorities in identifying 18-year-old Tyrone McAllister and the 16-year-old boy.

McAllister is being processed at Manteca PD before being transferred to SJCO Jail on the following charges:

– Attempted Robbery
– Elder Abuse
– Assault with a Deadly Weapon

In response to inquiries about whether McAllister is the son of Union City Police Chief Darryl McAllister, the Union City Police Department issued the following statement:

“Chief McAllister confirmed that his estranged son, Tyrone Keith McAllister, is one of the two suspects arrested. Chief McAllister’s status as a law enforcement leader has no bearing or relation to the case whatsoever, but he is devastated by how much the nature of his son’s actions are such a departure from everything he has stood for in his personal life and 37 year career of compassionate, engaging police work.

He and his wife worked with Manteca PD to help track down and arrest Tyrone this morning, as Tyrone has been estranged from the family and their home for some time. Chief McAllister expresses deep concern for the victim and the victim’s family and he remains steadfast that his son, an adult, must be accountable for his actions.”

The teen is being processed at Manteca PD before being transferred to SJCO Juvenile Detention Center on the following charges:

Attempted Robbery
Elder Abuse
Assault with a Deadly Weapon

“The public’s assistance in providing information with this case was instrumental in identifying the suspects and allowed my investigators to make a quick arrest,” said Supervisor Sgt. Miller.

Surveillance video shows one of the suspects kicking the victim to the ground.

After the victim gets up to defend himself, the same suspect kicks him back down to the ground.

Police say the man does not speak English and could not tell officers what the men said to him.

Last week, two men beat a Sikh man in Keyes and spray-painted a neo-Nazi symbol on his truck in what police are treating as a hate crime.

Surjit Malhi says he was putting up campaign signs for local Republicans when two men ambushed him. – Pakistani Sikh pilgrims barred from starting pilgrimage to Sri Hemkunt Sahib

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Rishikesh – Uttarakhand – India, 09 August 2018. A group of 39 Pakistani Sikh pilgrims, headed by Bhai Himmat Singh, was reportedly barred by the Indian administration at Rishikesh from departing for having a glimpse of Sri Hemkunt Sahib on August 8.

Notably, these Pakistani Sikhs have gone to India to pay obeisance at the hilly Sikh shrine Sri Hemkunt Sahib.

Sharing the development with Sikh24, the officials of Sri Hemkunt Sahib Management Trust informed that 39 Sikhs had arrived at Gurdwara Hemkunt situated on Lakshman Jhoola Road of Rishikesh on August 7.

They added that all these Pakistani Sikhs were suddenly barred by the administration on August 8 when they were about to begin their journey for paying obeisance at Sri Hemkunt Sahib.

“We approached the Pakistani Consulate in India and they asked for sending the names of these Pakistani Sikh pilgrims. But despite making available the names of all pilgrims, there is no response from the Pakistani consulate” he added.

Meanwhile, the Pakistani Sikh pilgrims have said that they are eager to begin their journey for Sri Hemkunt Sahib but the deprivation of permission has made them upset. – Mumbai Sikhs Ordered to Evacuate Flats by October 31

Sikh24 Editors

Mumbai – Maharashtra – India, 06 August 2018. While the issue of Meghalaya state government’s forceful attempt to evict Sikhs from the Punjabi lane area of Shillong is still in the news, the community is going to come across an another such attempt by the Maharshtra state government.

This time, Sikhs are being forcefully evicted from the Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar (GTBN) situated in the Mumbai’s Sion Koliwada.

As per information from local sources, the Mumbai’s municipal corporation has declared the 21 buildings of Guru Teg Bahadur Nagar as dangerous and unfit to live in and has ordered the flat owners to vacate their homes by 31 October.

The municipal corporation has furthered secured an order from the Bombay High Court asking the residents to submit an undertaking confirming that they will move out.

Sharing the development with Sikh24, GTBN resident S Raghbir Singh informed that their predecessors were allotted flats in Mumbai by the Indian government when they were forced to leave their homes in Pakistan during 1947’s partition.

He added that about 1200 Sikh families were accommodated in Mumbai by the Indian government in 1957 after their eviction from Pakistan during 1947’s partition.

“Our predecessors were illiterate, so they didn’t care about getting the written assurance for permanent occupation of the land of flats allotted to them by the government at that time. But now after 60 years, the government is telling us the land is a state property so we should evict it by October 31,” he added.

S Raghbir Singh further informed that 31 such colonies were given to refugees at that time and at present there are 2 schools, 1 college, 7 Gurdwaras and 3 Temples in these colonies.

87 years old S Rawel Singh Khosla, who also migrated to India during 1947’s partition, told Sikh24 that his family owned 13 acres of fertile land in Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province but after 1947’s partition they were helpless to live in a 230-square-foot room in Mumbai’s Sion Koliwada refugee camp.

He said that the building, in which his 230 square foot flat lies, is in extremely critical condition, but he can’t move out as he doesn’t want to become a refugee again.

S Jaspal Singh Banga, who lives along with his family including ailing mother in one of these buildings, questioned what is surety that the government will give them back their property even if they leave under pressure being exerted on them?

Contemporary victims of 1947’s partition informed that the refugee Sikhs and Hindus had set up tents in and around the old military barracks in Sion Koliwada of Mumbai after migrating there.

Later, the government built 25 four-floored buildings there and sold flats to 1200 families at the cost of Rupees 5830/-. It is learnt that refugee families became owner of flats, but the land, which initially belonged to the Indian president, later got conferred to the Maharashtra’s state government.

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1150 Brussel/Bruxelles – Police shot at Behbal Klan victims at point blank range, reveals Justice Ranjit Singh

By Sikh24 Editors

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 01 August 2018. The initial reports about the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission’s investigation on Kotkapura and Behbal Klan firing incidents reveal that the Commission has held in the report that the martyred Sikh youths were shot at point blank range.

He has cited the medical reports of the dead bodies of martyred Sikh youths Shaheed Bhai Krishan Bhagwan Singh and Shaheed Bhai Gurjit Singh Nikke Sarawan.

Justice Ranjit Singh Commission has disclosed in the first part of its report that Dr Rajiv Joshi, who had conducted a post-mortem examination of the mortal remains of Shaheed Bhai Krishan Bhagwan Singh and Shaheed Bhai Gurjit Singh, told him that the victim appeared to be sitting and the assailant standing as the track of the firearm wound, evident from the location of the entry and exit points, was found going downwards.

“Recommending the registration of criminal cases against police officers for firing or accused of directing others to open fire, Justice Ranjit Singh is believed to have stated that the cops acted without warning, and permission.

Recommendations were also made for the initiation of appropriate action against police officers failing to carry out proper and fair investigation in the incidents of sacrilege and the cases entrusted to them regarding the use of force” notes The Tribune.

In its report, the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission could be observed jolted over no action against any Police cop despite the registration of an FIR on October 21, 2015. Notably, a SIT was supposed to supervise the investigation, but no progress was noticed till date.

Justice Ranjit Singh has made it clear in the report that the delay in action against the Police cops seems an attempt to suppress the case for letting off the guilty cops as the then Punjab government and the Union Home Ministry also didn’t do much in this concern.

Key findings of the Commission:

  • The approach of the police was too casual and mind-boggling.
  • Some weapons carried by police personnel from Ludhiana were not sent for inspection.
  • The tampering of the rifle grooves of a bullet were deliberate to prevent detection of the weapon used.
  • The bullet could have been fired from AK-47. As such, all police officers carrying AK-47 would become potential accused.
  • The police admitted opening fire at Behbal Klan, yet showed no expenditure of ammunition.
  • Primarily, the finger of suspicion for sacrilege incidents was pointed towards Sirsa cult disciples.
  • The Police cops were unable to act against the Sirsa cult disciples, but happily pulled the trigger of their guns
    against the protesters. – Dr Dharamvir Gandhi seeks autonomy for Panjab

By Sikh24 Editors

Chandigarh – Panjab – India, 31 July 2018. Interacting with media at Chandigarh today, the Parliamentarian Dr Dharamvir Gandhi sought an autonomous status for the Punjab.

He claimed that his intellectual body Punjab Manch has concluded after thorough deliberations that an autonomous status to Punjab is an ultimate solution to all the problems.

Further explaining his approach, Dr. Gandhi said that the autonomy to Punjab was necessary for protecting the natural resources and equity of Punjab to ensure development.

Dr Gandhi clarified that he doesn’t support the 2020 referendum and seeks an autonomous status for the territory of Punjab, not to any particular religion or community.

On being questioned about the ongoing crisis in the Punjab unit of AAP, he clarified that he won’t attend the gathering called by Sukhpal Singh Khaira in Bathinda on August 2 but is ready to extend support to any third political substitute in Punjab who will seek an autonomous status for the Punjab. – Rulda Singh murder case: Bhai Tara and Bhai Goldy presented before Patiala Court

By Sikh24 Editors

Patiala – Panjab – India, 28 July 2018. In a case pertaining to the murder of former RSS’ State President Rulda “Singh”, the political Sikh prisoners Bhai Jagtar Singh Tara and Bhai Ramandeep Singh Goldy were presented before the Court of Additional District & Session Judge Dharminder Paul Singla in Patiala on July 26.

Notably, the duo Sikh youths are being tried in this case after deporting them from Malaysia and Thailand.

During the case proceedings, the statements of prosecution witnesses DSP Gurdev Singh Dhaliwal and DSP Rajesh Chhibar were recorded. However, the Court couldn’t record the statement of the wife of deceased Rulda “Singh” due to her ill physique. The statements of two other witnesses were recorded by the Court in this case.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that the Court has deferred next hearing in the case onto August 16.

Rulda “Singh” was the state chief of Rashtriya Sikh Sangat (RSS) in Punjab. He was shot at outside his home on 28 July 2009 immediately after his return from England. He was rushed to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER) where he succumbed on August 18, 2009. – 549th Birthday Celebrations: SGPC to Hold Sikh Convention at Dera Baba Nanak

By Sikh24 Editors
July 28, 2018

Dera Baba Nanak – Panjab – India, 28 July 2018. The SGPC president Sardar Gobind Singh Longowal has announced to hold a Sikh Convention at Dera Baba Nanak on the eve of the 549th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji this year.

Beside it, he has announced to hold a World Sikh Convention at Sultanpur Lodhi next year on the eve of the 550th birth anniversary of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

Sharing the development with media, the SGPC president Sardar Gobind Singh Longowal said that the India-wide Sikh seminaries, Sikh organizations and Sikh intellectuals will be invited in the Sikh convention to be held at Dera Baba Nanak this year.

“District level meetings for the preparation of this convention will be begun in September this year” he added.

Longowal further said that during the World Sikh convention to be held at Sultanpur Lodhi next year, worldwide Sikhs will be invited to share their thoughts and ideas to tackle the challenges emerging in front of the Sikh community. “These conventions will be totally religious with no political influence” he clarified.

Gurdwara Dera Baba Nanak is situated in the town of Dera Baba Nanak of Gurdaspur District in Punjab, India. It’s approximately a kilometer apart from the Indo-Pakistan border and on the east of the River Ravi. The town of Kartarpur (Ravi), which is now positioned in Pakistan, falls in its west.

As its name implies, this shrine is hooked up with Guru Nanak Sahib, the founding father of Sikhism. Guru Sahib used to enchant the name of the Almighty Lord by way of the properly called “Ajita Randhawa da khooh” after his first udasi in 1506 at the level located within the Gurdwara Sahib and the history reveals that Guru Ji also had a dialogue with Ajita Randhawa. – World Sikh Organization (WSO) calls on India to end mob lynchings and protect minorities

Toronto – Ontario – Canada, 25 July 2018. The World Sikh Organization of Canada is gravely concerned by the increasing number of mob lynching attacks perpetrated by radical Hindutva terror groups and calls on the Indian government to do more to protect minorities.

Attacks on religious minorities have been escalating since 2014. In the past two months, over 20 murders by radical Hindu “cow protector” lynch mobs of mainly Muslim victims have been reported across India.

Radical Hindutva groups have also forced Christian tribal groups and Dalits to “re-convert” to Hinduism and have attacked journalists, lawyers, and activists.

In an incident reported in Rajasthan last week, a Muslim man, lynched by a group of radical Hindu “cow protectors”, died after Indian police delayed taking him to the hospital, instead first finishing their tea and then attending to the health of the cow owned by the injured man.

Targeted attacks on minorities have steadily increased since Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) ascent to power in 2014. Many of the groups responsible for these attacks enjoy the protection and support of local authorities and the patronage of the BJP.

Raja Singh, a BJP member of the Telangana Legislative Assembly from Hyderabad, released a video in which he justified the killing by accusing the victim of cow smuggling. He also termed cow protectionism a “war” and urged the prime minister to pay special attention to protection of cows.

Earlier this month, Indian Union Minister Jayant Sinha honoured eight men convicted of lynching Muslim cattle trader Almuddin Ansari for allegedly carrying beef in his car. The Jharkhand High Court had granted the men bail in the case after their conviction by a lower court.

Mob attacks on minorities are often carried out by groups claiming to support the BJP. In its World Report 2018, the Human Rights Watch emphasizes that, “the government failed to promptly or credibly investigate the attacks, while many senior BJP leaders publicly promoted Hindu supremacy and ultra-nationalism, which encouraged further violence”.

Enactment of laws by the BJP, including prohibiting cow slaughter practices, provides support to pro-Hindutva or right wing groups to unleash violence on minority groups.

The Indian government has been slow to condemn these attacks. Instead of taking legal action against attackers, the police have often filed complaints against the victims under the laws banning cow slaughter.

WSO President Mukhbir Singh said, “we are deeply concerned by the recent lynching attacks in India. The victims have mostly been members of minority communities. We urge the Indian government to unequivocally condemn these attacks and swiftly bring those responsible to justice.

The rising number of attacks by radical Hindutva groups imperils the rule of law and endangers vulnerable minorities. India must show a commitment to the protection of human rights of all citizens, including minority communities.

As Sikhs, we have both experienced the brutality of state sponsored mob violence in India and the lack of justice and accountability that followed. We cannot let history continue to repeat itself when it comes to victimizing minorities in India.”

The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) is a non-profit organization with a mandate to promote and protect the interests of Canadian Sikhs, as well as to promote and advocate for the protection of human rights for all individuals, irrespective of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, and social and economic status.