Bhai Wariyam Singh has finally been released on parole after 25 years in prison. He was in U.P.
Salute to Bapu Surat Singh’s Struggle.
UTTAR PARDESH, India—With the recommendation of the Akhilesh Yadav led Uttar Pradesh government, 70 years old political Sikh prisoner Bhai Waryam Singh has been released today from Bareilly jail after an imprisonment of 25 years and 8 months. Bhai Waryam Singh is a resident of village Bari Bara of Shahjahanpur constituency and has been languishing in the Bareilly jail since April 17, 1990.
Bhai Waryam Singh was held guilty in a case registered against him under sections 3 & 4 of TADA (Terrorists and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act) and 120-B of IPC (Indian Penal Code) by a designated Judge on January 10, 1995. He was sentenced with a life term by the Court.
His co-accused addressed with the same sentence, Major Singh, was released in 2013 by the Uttar Pradesh government. Bhai Waryam Singh’s release was approved by the Union Home Ministry some weeks ago after considering his old age and good conduct. But a case under 120-B registered against him at that time became an obstacle in his release.
Meanwhile, the Advocate Jaspal Singh Manjhpur has ruled out the claims of Akali Dal (Badal) that they were instrumental in the release of Bhai Waryam Singh. He has said that the matter of releasing Bhai Waryam Singh was solely concerned with the Uttar Pradesh government and Union Government of India. He added that the Akali Dal (Badal) was trying to take credit of the premature release of Bhai Waryam Singh but in fact they didn’t have any connection with his release.
Yesterday, a spokesperson of Akali Dal (Badal) and Education Minister Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema had met Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa to discuss the release of political Sikh prisoners and force him to give up his struggle. His meeting with Bapu Ji is now being considered as an attempt to hijack the credit of Bhai Waryam Singh’s release.
Advo. Manjhpur appreciated the initiative of Akhilesh Yadav led UP government for recommending release of Bhai Wariam Singh. He said that the Centre should continue with the line adopted in Bhai Wariam Singh’s case and other eligible Sikh political prisoners should also be granted premature release without any undue delay.
Essential Details related to Bhai Wariam Singh:
Name: Wariam Singh
Father’s Name: Atma Singh
Address: Vilalge Bari Bara,
District Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh.
Details: Wariam Singh was convicted by the court of Designated Judge of Pillibhit (U.P.) on 10 January 1995 under sections 3 and 4 of TADA Act and Section 120-B of IPC. He is facing imprisonment for life. He was arrested on 17 April, 1990 and remains confined in jail till date. He has spent nearly 24 years in prison.
He was never released from jail since the date of his arrest. His jail record was clean and there was no post conviction crime.
It is pertinent to note that his co-accused Major Singh who was facing same sentenced pronounced by same court in same case was granted permanent release by Uttar Pradesh Government in 2013, but he still remains confined in jail.