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  1. "How far would you go to stand up for human rights? In India, on the 16th January 2015 an 83yr old lifelong political activist went on hunger strike to force the Indian Government to free several political prisoners. He has now been hungry for over 500 days... Some continue to be detained long beyond completion of their sentence. Some have been tortured and falsely imprisoned. Others are arrested and just seem to disappear... This is the story of Surat Singh Khalsa, and his Hunger for Humanity." Sangat Ji, ik benti, In January 2016, UK based Documentary and Film Production Company GraySkull Media, managed to get an exclusive and secret interview with Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa. Efforts are currently underway to raise funds for the production of a documentary. Once the film is complete, if there are any profits made whatsoever from any sale of the film to a distributor or sponsor, the production team at GraySkull Media pledges 100% of the profits after production costs are paid, to the bereaved families of the 1984 Sikh Genocide and two other Human Rights charities, which will be selected by the family of Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa. Please share the link below and donate so we can show the world the activism and struggle of Bapu Surat Singh. https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/hunger-for-humanity-bapu-surat-singh-khalsa-india#/ Dhanvaad
  2. FULL NEWS: Punjab Govt Rejects Bhai Gurdeep Singh Khera’s parole pleaAmritsar – Punjab Police & Punjab Govt has once again shown their anti-Sikh facet by rejecting the parole application of Bhai Gurdeep Singh Khera, who was recently transferred to Punjab Jail. As per media reports, it has been learnt that the rural police had submitted a negative report fearing that he may attempt to flee and could cause a law and order problem if parole was granted. The final authority on granting parole, Deputy Commissioner Ravi Bhagat, confirmed that the parole plea of Khera has been rejected as per the feedback received from the Office of Senior Superintendent of Police (Rural). SSP (Rural) Jasdeep Singh said that the reason cited by Khera for parole was not convincing. Khera had mentioned in his application that he intends to get his house repaired and therefore, needs to avail parole. “As per precedent, our team visited his native place to enquire about his intentions and did not get positive feedback. The reason he mentioned — house repair — too was found to be frivolous. All these reasons didn’t justify his parole plea. Accordingly, the report was submitted to the DC’s office to take a final call,” he said. Old parents of Bhai Gurdeep Singh Khera Bhai Khera (55), a native of Jallupur Khera village in Amritsar, was booked under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Prevention Act (TADA) and later sentenced to life imprisonment in two cases registered in 1996 in New Delhi and Karnataka. Source:Punjab Govt Rejects Bhai Gurdeep Singh Khera’s parole plea
  3. Breaking News: Bapu Surat Singh's son-in-law has been stabbed to death in Chicago USA!! Sadly someone has stabbed Bapu Surat Singhs son-in-law Satwinder Singh, husband of Bibi Sarvarinder Kaur, the MAIN spokesperson for Bapu Surat Singh campaign in Punjab. We are waiting on further details regarding this murder and will share with you as soon as we get it. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family ..... Waheguru, Waheguru, Waheguru, Waheguru, Waheguru https://www.facebook.com/160796724131098/photos/a.160797050797732.1073741827.160796724131098/406667826210652/?type=1
  4. http://singhstation.net/2015/06/bapu-surat-singh-shifted-back-to-home-village-hassanpur-from-pgi/ LUDHIANA —Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa who has been sitting on 160 days of hunger strike since January 16 seeking the release of Sikh political prisoners, was discharged from PGI yesterday and shifted to his native village Hassanpur amidst tight police security. Support of Sikh sangat continued to pour in at the PGI hospital in Chandigarh where visitors started arriving from far and near. Sikh jatha from Delhi and Jatha Thikriwala reached at village of Bapu ji especially to enquire about his health. Bhai Gurdeep Singh Bathinda, the conveynor of the Bandi Singh Rihai Sangarsh committee stated that the doctors at PGI were pressurising Bapu Ji to undergo medical treatment, however Bapu Ji remained firm in his stance and did not take any medicines or undergo treatment. According to Sikh Siyasat, Sangarsh committee too is firm that Bapu Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa has declared to go with the committee’s decision about medical aid like glucose drips. He said that the committee had decided against the medical aid and soon after Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa was taken away from PGI.
  5. ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕਾਖਾਲਸਾ॥ ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂਜੀਕੀਫਤਿਹ॥ “My Life is in Danger,” Says American Citizen in India After Release From Jail Without Charges Ludhiana, Punjab: A week after his April 27 release from a two-month imprisonment in Ludhiana Jail, U.S. citizen Ravinderjit Singh Gogi is speaking out in a formal statement delivered on Monday to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Badal, pleading that his life is in danger and warning: “I want to let you know that in case something like this happens or I face the above situation again, you all will be fully responsible for such actions.” Gogi was arrested on February 26 while sitting beside his hospitalized father, Surat Singh Khalsa. Despite his release with all charges dropped, Gogi notes: “I have a strong feeling that I am at an extreme risk of being picked up again and falsely charged with even more severe charges…. I am very much concerned as my life is in danger.” His father, a permanent resident of the United States, began a hunger-strike on January 16 to, in Gogi’s words, “Protest the refusal to release Sikh prisoners who have completed their respective prison sentences.” Gogi, who was arrested along with his father, a journalist covering the protest, and others, was charged with a preventative detention law allowing police to arrest those suspected of considering breaking the peace. “Although, I was in Punjab just to take care of my 83-year-old father, I was charged under section 107/151 and was kept in the jail for almost 2 months,” he says. Ravinderjeet Singh Gogi meets Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa reunited after charges against both were dropped. Gogi is now with his family at their home in the village of Hassanpur and has not made plans to return to the United States since his father just entered the 111th day of his hunger-strike, is in extremely frail health, and remains determined to continue his protest until death unless his demands are met. A resident of the California town of Lathrop, where he owns a truck-driving school, Gogi says he traveled to India because he was “concerned for my father’s welfare.” He departed the U.S. on January 28, twelve days after Khalsa began his hunger strike. Gogi believes police wanted to use him as a tool to manipulate Khalsa into stopping his protest, stating: “I still remember the day when Mukhvinder Bhullar, the ADCP (Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police) threatened me that if I did not dissuade my father from continuing the hunger-strike, he would falsely charge me with murder and put me away for 15 years.” Gogi, who copied his statement to Punjab’s Director General of Police, India’s National Human Rights Commission, and the People’s Union for Civil Liberties, says he was tortured in custody. India, which refuses to ratify the United Nations Convention Against Torture, has a long history of severely abusing and even killing detainees; according to a 2011 report by Organization for Minorities of India (OFMI) which was catalogued by the U.N. in its Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review: “The use of torture is employed as daily tool by Indian police officers.” Though charged with violating section 107/151, Gogi was never arraigned before a judge. Summarizing his ordeal, Gogi says, “During these 2 months, I was scheduled for five court hearings, and all were cancelled. I was not even arraigned. This violated standard proceedings for almost all democratic countries, which typically require arraignment within 48 hours. While I was in the custody I was treated as a criminal and was tortured multiple times by the police officials.” Describing his torture in further detail, Gogi says, “I was even beaten in the judicial custody during a court hearing. On my way to the court appearance on April 13, Assistant Sub-Inspector Richard Masih, the police official accompanying me, took me aside into a detention cell where him and other Punjab Police officers severely beat me with a gun and metal handcuffs also punching on my face, neck, shoulders, and back with a chain wrapped around his fist.” “I was under extreme pain and a high fever,” he explains. “Despite? ?interventions by U.S. Consuls, my attorney, and family, the police denied me proper medical treatment. I was finally examined by a government doctor on April 20 and yet records of the visit, including x-rays, were never made available to me or my family or the U.S. Embassy. Additionally, the police department never released any statement about the findings of the examination. During this time, I was repeatedly told by police that they will release me if I promise to convince my father to end his hunger-strike. If not, police threatened to slap me with false murder charges.” At the request of his family in the United States, seven U.S. congressional representatives joined an April 15 letter to the U.S. State Department requesting Secretary John Kerry assist Gogi and Khalsa. Less than two weeks later, Gogi was unceremoniously released on April 27 with all charges dropped and, as he remarks, “without any record or compensation or apology being released by the police department.” Khalsa remains on hunger-strike. Arrested the same day as his son, he was detained at Ludhiana Civil Hospital and released from police custody on April 23. He was charged with the same preventative detention law as his son, and all charges were likewise dropped, but his family says their father is now under virtual house arrest. His daughter, Sarvrinder Kaur, a U.S. citizen from Chicago who is ministering to her father in Punjab, reported that after they returned home when he was released from arrest, hundreds of police officers ringed the village, over a dozen took up permanent post outside their house, and family members are followed when they leave. Khalsa’s decision to hunger-strike directly connects to his decision to leave India for the United States. A former government schoolteacher in India, he quit his job in June 1984 in disgust over an Indian Army invasion of the revered Sikh Golden Temple in Punjab that left thousands of Sikh pilgrims dead. That November, the country’s ruling Congress Party organized a genocide against Sikhs, centering in New Delhi and emanating outwards to other regions of the subcontinent. Members of Parliament, the city government, and party officials openly participated in mass killings of Sikhs in the streets at broad daylight. Khalsa began organizing protest rallies, was injured in 1986 when police opened fire on unarmed protesters outside the Punjab Legislative Assembly, and immigrated to the U.S. in 1988. This past month, the California State Legislature became the first in the world — national or state — to recognize the 1984 Sikh Genocide, stating: “Government and law enforcement officials organized, participated in, and failed to intervene to prevent the killings.” Bhajan Singh, director of OFMI, pondered: “Is India interfering in the domestic affairs of the United States by politically targeting an American citizen and a permanent resident in retaliation for the political actions of their adopted state of California?”
  6. ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕਾ ਖਾਲਸਾ, ਵਾਹਿਗੁਰੂ ਜੀ ਕੀ ਫਤਿਹ Struggle to continue until the release of Sikh Detainees, says Bapu Surat Singh’s son Ludhiana, Punjab: Ravinderjit Singh Gogi, son of fasting Sikh activist Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa reprotedly stated that the struggle for the permanent release of Sikh political prisoners would continue until their release. He was presented in the Court by the Police with his hands cuffed in chains on March 19. The authorities deferred the next debate in the case to April 1st. It is notable that handcuffing a person charged under 107/151 seems anomalous. Ravinderjit Singh Gogy reportedly said that he would continue fighting the struggle initiated by his father for the release of Sikh Detainees until it becomes fruitful. He appealed the Sikh masses to unite on a common platform to ensure the success of the struggle. It may be recalled that Ravinderjit Singh was arrested taken into custody Punjab Police on February 26 and was sent to Ludhiana Jail levelling false charges against him. Meanwhile, Ravinder Jit Singh's father; Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa, remains under police custody at Civil Hospital of Ludhiana where he is being force-fed by the doctors.
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