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Saka Nakodar 4 Feb, 1986 | Awaiting Justice for last 3 Decades, Sikh Couple Writes to UN Chief Exposing Hypocrisy of Indian Democracy

32 ਸਾਲ ਬੀਤ ਗਏ ਨਾਂ ਇਨਸਾਫ਼ ਮਿਲਿਆ ਨਾਂ ਮਿਲਣ ਦੀ ਆਸ ਸਾਕਾ ਨਕੋਦਰ 4 ਫਰਵਰੀ 1986

Chandigarh: Bapu Baldev Singh and Mata Baldip Kaur, parents of Shaheed Bhai Ravinder Singh Littran, have written a letter to United Nations’ Secretary General António Guterres presenting their case to ‘expose hypocrisy of Indian “democracy” and impotence of its “justice” system that denies basic rights to minorities’.

Sirdar Baldev Singh Littran and Mata Baldev Kaur [File Photo]

Saka nakoder Shaheedi sarop

It may be recalled that Bhai Ravinder Singh Littran was killed, along with 3 other Sikh youth, by Punjab police during Saka Nakodar on 4 February 1986. Bapu Baldev Singh and his family is struggling for past three decades to get proceedings initiated against culprits ‘Saka Nakodar 1986’.

Bapu Badev Singh has shared the copy of letter he and his wife wrote to UN Secretary-General on October 1, 2018.

The text of letter is being reproduced below in verbatim for the information of readers of Sikh Siyasat News (SSN):

October 01, 2018

Mr. António Guterres
Secretary General
United Nations

We present this case to expose hypocrisy of Indian “democracy” and impotence of its “justice” system that denies basic rights to minorities.

On the 4th February 1986 in the city of Nakodar, 4 unarmed, peaceful, and nonviolent members of All India Sikh Student Federation (AISSF) were killed in an unprovoked, unjustified, and unnecessary firing by the Punjab Police and Indian para military forces while they were serenely protesting against the desecration of religious Sikh Scripture, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

While the families waited to collect the dead bodies of their loved ones: Mr. Ravinder Singh Littran, Mr. Baldhir Singh Ramgarh, Mr. Jhilman Singh Gorsian, and Mr. Harminder Singh Chaluper, Apparently the police went against government orders and cremated their remains in the dark of the night. Rather than lose their jobs, the killers held on their positions and were even rewarded with promotions for their actions. The government’s own judicial inquiry report has remained tucked away from the public eye and buried deep down without trace for over 31 years.

We, the parents of one of the victims have been fighting for justice for 32 years, while the parents of other three victims have passed away waiting for any semblance of justice.

Two of the state opposition MLAs raised the issue to the release the government’s own judicial inquiry into the events leading up to the after the murder of the four young men at the hands of the police in the Punjab legislative assembly on August 28, 2018. Sadly, there has been no indication from the state government of any intention to do so.

We are pleased to learn that you will be visiting Darbar Sahib in Amritsar, on October 3, during your forthcoming visit to Indian subcontinent. Please support us by asking Punjab government to release Justice Gurnam Singh Commission Report regarding the 1986 Nakodar Killings.

We would like to find out who ordered to shoot and secretly cremate the bodies our innocent children before we close our eyes.


The Truth of Saka Nakodar

On the 4th February 1986, Sikh Student Federation (SSF) members and local Sikh community members gathered in city of Nakodar to collect the Saroops of Shri Guru Granth Sahib Ji which were desecrated and burnt in Shri Guru Arjan Dev Gurdwara, Nakodar on 2nd February 1986. The police opened fire at this unarmed and peaceful gathering of Sikhs. This unprovoked and unjustified violence by the police killed

Martyrs of Saka Nakodar (4 February, 1986)

Martyrs of Saka Nakodar (4 February, 1986)

The Four Victim,
  1. Bhai Ravinder Singh Littran,
  2. Bhai Harminder Singh Chaluper
  3. Bhai Jhilman Singh Rajowal-Gorcian.
  4. Bhai Baldhir Singh Ramgarh,

was executed at point-blank range by the police inspector Jaskirat Chahal after being challenged by name while in a shelter. In the report written by, the International Human Rights Organization committee, Mr. Chaluper’s assassination is described as plain, unprovoked murder.

Despite the identification of the victims, the administration refused to hand over their bodies to their relatives. The dead bodies were cremated by the administration as “unidentified and unclaimed”. Based on the statements made by the Sub Divisional Magistrate, Surjit Singh Rajput, three of the victims were identified the evening before cremation. Two of the post-mortem reports showed the names of the victims, which is a clear proof that administration lied about their identification. Even the post-mortem examination was conducted at midnight, in violation of the Indian constitution.

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