On 12 April 2015, Kashmir Singh a resident of Galwadi village, assaulted Shiv Sena leader Harvinder Soni who was injured by a gunshot. Kashmir Singh claimed responsibility and came forward when police arrived to arrest him. Yet, despite Kashmir Singh’s admission, Panjab Police saw this as a ‘green light’ to harass other innocent Sikhs and picked up both Inderpal Singh and Surinder Singh. A further Sikh youth Gurjit Singh, son of Salvinder Singh Vadala, was also detained in relation to the same case. All three have now been released on bail from Nabha Jail, pending the trial.
The Shiv Sena are a far-right Hindu nationalist party who regularly stoke communal disharmony particularly with the Sikhs in Panjab. Over the years, there have been many incidents of provocation instigated by Shiv Sena against the Sikh youth. Many of you may recall the innocent life lost of 18-year old Jaspal Singh of Chaur Sidhwa, in 2012 when police fired at peaceful protestors who had gathered after Shiv Sena activists had removed a Sikhs turban and set it alight. To this date, Jaspal Singh’s murder and the Shiv Sena’s actions remain unaddressed.
Sikh Relief member, Jaswinder Singh from Anandpur Sahib, maintains regular contact with the Sikh youths and their legal cases are being fought and funded by Sikh Relief. This week, Jaswinder Singh attended the court hearing for all three of the co-accused but it is worth noting that Kashmir Singh was not presented in the courthouse. The judge set the next date for 19th July 2016.
As well as the legal aid, Sikh Relief have vowed to provide welfare for the families involved. On a recent visit to Gurjit Singh Vadala’s home, Jaswinder Singh on behalf of Sikh Relief, provided moral and financial support to his family who live by very modest means; his mother is a stroke patient needing regular care and treatment.
Together, with your support…..Forever Standing with Victims of Oppression….‘Guru Ang Sang Sahai’ www.sikhrelief.org
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