Hardeep Singh who is now in his forties, was arrested and imprisoned in 1993 under the controversial TADA Act. He was given a life sentence in 1997 and has been in Amritsar Central jail ever since.
TADA was primarily brought about to lock up the Sikhs of Punjab, with trials held in secret courts, no witnesses required and confessions obtained by police through the use of torture were permissible. As a result of this, Hardeep Singh has been separated from his family for nearly two decades and both his parents who are now frail, and his wife who has single-handedly raised their two young sons, wondered if he would ever be free to return home.
Most people will not have heard of Hardeep Singh’s name, but Sikh Relief (SOPW) have been working towards his freedom over the years and as a result he has been granted parole leave several times in the past. Our legal team completed all the necessary paperwork for Hardeep Singh’s premature release and filed it in the High Court earlier this year. Parminder Singh from Sikh Relief (see photo) was pleased to welcome Hardeep Singh back home and reunited with his family. There are several other prisoners whose paperwork we completed earlier this year and we are in high hopes that their release will also be achieved very soon. via Sikh Organisation For Prisoners Welfare (SOPW)