NHRC Issues Notice on Sikh Prisoners


Bapu Surat Singh is an 82 year old human rights campaigner who has been on hunger strike for more than 260 days calling for the release of Sikh political prisoners. Many of these prisoners were convicted under the TADA in 1985-95. This act was criticized at the time by human rights groups, and has since been withdrawn as it gave the statepowers to detain suspects without charge. There were also widespread reports of the police extracting confessions under torture.

Bapu Surat Singh was arrested on September 26, 2015 by Punjab Police from his home. He has been detained by the police at Chandigarh PGI Hospital. He is currently being given medical treatment against his will and his human rights are being violated. This is the 4th occasion on which Bapu Surat Singh has been arrested and forcibly taken into hospital. On the previous occasion in August you issued a statement calling for his human rights to be respected

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NHRC issues notice on Sikh prisoners