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NAPA seeks President Obama’s intervention to secure Sikh prisoners release

146102639CS017_President_ObWASHINGTON: US Based North American Punjabi Association (NAPA)  expressed its solidarity and support to one of its Director Mr Surat Singh Khalsa who is on hunger strike unto death  in Ludhiana in Punjab State of India  to demand the release of Sikh prisoners from different Jails of the country who had already completed their sentence under the rule of the land.

Dalwinder Singh Dhoot Chairman North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) in a letter sent to President of United States, US Law makers and  the Secretary General of United Nation to help secure the release of Sikh political prisoners illegally detained by India beyond their sentences. In his letter sent to President Barack Obama and UN Secretary General NAPA Chairman seek their intervention to use their office to deliver justice for the  release of prisoners and peace for the community,  According to law, after 14 years, every life convict should be considered for remission of sentence. and after 20 years, the law totally allows the granting of remission added Dhoot.

He said that 106 Sikhs are languishing in various Indian jails at present. So many other Sikh prisoners are also languishing in jails and many have not even got fair trials. It is simply unfair. Dhoot said that all such Sikh prisoners fulfill the eligibility conditions stipulated by the state government for premature release. None of them is seeking remission. Moreover, there is no bar on parole or furlough, which can be extended to any prisoner for up to 42 days with a one-day break. This process can be repeated for an unlimited period. Similarly, the state can still recommend suspension of punishment or straightaway pardon a convict by taking the case to the Governor. In case of prisoners of other states, the state can get the sentence revoked by the President of India via the Union Home Ministry under provisions of Article 72 of the Constitution. Not only this, a convict can get relief from the state where he or she is lodged,”

Dhoot said that this is very unfortunate that political parties are only shedding crocodile tears and are trying to divert people’s attention from the burning drug issue. They know nothing about the exact legal position or even the exact number of prisoners.

PARTIAL LIST OF PRISONERS

1. Lal Singh alias Manjit Singh, resident of Akalgarh village in Phagwara.

Total custody: From 1992 till date; 24 paroles of 42 days each availed. No jail offence.

  1. Devinderpal Singh Bhullar, resident of Dialpura Bhai Ka in Bathinda.

Total custody: From January 1995 till date. Parole not availed. Bhullar has been confined to the Institute of Human Behaviour And Allied Sciences (IHBAS) at New Delhi since December 2010. No jail offence.

  1. Jagtar Singh Hawara, resident of Hawara village in Fatehgarh Sahib.

Total custody: From 1995 to January 23, 2004 till he escaped from Burail Jail in Chandigarh; was re-arrested in June 2005 and has been in jail since. Parole not availed.

  1. Paramjit Singh Bheora, resident of Ropar district.

Total custody: From 1997 till January 23, 2004, when he escaped from Burail Jail in Chandigarh; in jail after re-arrest in March 2006. No parole. One case of recovery of explosives proceeding in Delhi.

  1. Lakhwinder Singh alias Lakha, resident of Kansal village (Mohali).

Total custody: From 1995 till date. Two paroles of 28 days each availed. No jail offence.

  1. Gurmeet Singh alias Meeta, \resident of Patiala.

Total custody: From 1995 till date, two paroles of 28 days each availed. No jail offence.

  1. Shamsher Singh, resident of Ukasi Jattan village in Rajpura (Patiala).

Total custody: From 1995 till date. Two paroles of 28 days each availed. No jail offence.

  1. Nand Singh

Status: Sentenced to life imprisonment in case registered on February 13, 1995 at Police Station East, Chandigarh. Lodged in Central Jail, Patiala

  1. Subeg Singh, resident of Suroon village in Patiala.

Total custody: From 1995 till date. Regular paroles availed. Case of premature release rejected by Chandigarh. High Court ordered reconsideration on November 18, 2014.

10. Waryam Singh, resident of Bari Bara village in Shahjahanpur (Uttar Pradesh).

Total custody: From April 17, 1990 till date. Parole not availed. No jail offence.

11. Gurdeep Singh Khera, son of Banta Singh, resident of Jallupur Khehra in Jandiala Guru (Amritsar).

Total custody: From December 6, 1990 till date. Parole not availed.

12. Gurmeet Singh Fauji, resident of Badgaon Bal village in Boondi (Rajasthan).

Case: Murder (suspectedly of a police informer). Had come out of jail once for the marriage of his daughter.

13. Daya Singh Lahoria, son of Kirpal Singh, resident of Kasba Bharal in Sangrur.

Total custody: From August 3, 1995 till date. Parole not availed. Another case of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act pending in Delhi.

Most of the prisoners are above 60 years of age now. Because of their age, the prefix “Bapu” is added by jailers and inmates while addressing them. The oldest is 85-year-old Harbhajan Singh.

14. 70-year-old Maan Singh has undergone heart surgery,

15. 85-year old Harbhajan Singh is not able to walk properly. Lawyers feel that all of them should legally be released on medical grounds.“

Even in 1999, the Punjab government had released all prisoners who had attained the age of 65 years on the eve of tercentenary celebrations of the Khalsa,” Harbhajan Singh, aged 85 years, resident of Sarinh village in Nakodar (Jalandhar). Lodged in Model Jail, Kapurthala

16-Balwinder Singh, aged 62 years, resident of Tahli village in Nakodar (Jalandhar). Lodged in Model Jail, Kapurthala.

17-Mohan Singh, 73, resident of Katran Kalan village in Kartarpur (Jalandhar). Lodged in Kapurthala jail.

18-Saroop Singh, 65, resident of Bisrampur village in  Jalandhar. Lodged in Kapurthala jail

19-Avtar Singh, 77, resident of Kurali village in Jalandhar. Lodged in Kapurthala jail

20-Sewa Singh, 74, resident of Chak Raju Singh in  Hoshiarpur. Lodged in Kapurthala jail

21-Gurjant Singh, aged 72 years, resident of Kothe Jang Road in Jagraon (Ludhiana). Lodged in Nabha jail

Dhoot sought the release of those Sikh detainees who have completed their minimum jail term and therefore can be considered for premature release.

He also questioned how members of the banned United Liberation Front of Asom and former Kashmiri separatist leader Sajjad Lone had been allowed to join mainstream politics. We are requesting for a sympathetic view for some of the convicts who have spent over 25 years (in jail) and some of them even lost their eye sight in old age,” he said.