In 2000, sixty-five year old Gurbachan Singh who was otherwise known as Pyare Lal, was arrested alongside his associate Baldev Singh (known as Baldev Raj) from G.T. Karnal Road in Delhi. The pair were charged with supplying arms and ammunition and the police alleged the consignment had come from Pakistan and was intended for the Babbar Khalsa group in Panjab.
In 2003, a court sentenced Gurbachan Singh to rigorous imprisonment in India’s notorious Tihar Jail and issued a number of fines. Balbir Singh Bains, founder of Sikh Relief, was himself wrongly imprisoned in Tihar jail in 1999, when the police framed him in a fabricated case, costing him nearly five years of his life and tens of thousands of pounds to clear his name. Balbir Singh met Bapu Gurbachan Singh inside the confines of Tihar Jail and the two became good friends.
Sikh Relief now welcomes home Gurbachan Singh and we have been in contact with him to discuss a rehabilitation welfare package.