Saturday, 31 March 2012

Sikh Leaders Remain in Police Custody

Canada: Sikh Rallies in Support of Bhai Rajoana

Ottawa Parliament Rally


Car Rally Mississauga-Brampton


More Sikhs arrested in Amritsar

Amritsar, Punjab (March 29, 2012): Ten Sikhs are reported to have been arrested by the Amritsar police. Confirming the arrest of ten Sikhs, Police Commissioner Amritsar R.P. Mittal said that these were arrested under the “preventive measures” of under section of 107/51 IPC.
Police Comissioner Amritsar R P Mittal
Sikh Siyasat sources reported that these Sikhs were objecting to provocative activities of Shiv Sena. Shiv Sena activists were trying to burn the effigy of Sikh political prisioner Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana, who is on death row.

Among arrested were Bhai Mohkam Singh, Convenor of Khalsa Action Committee and president of Sikh organization Sikh Youth Federation Bhindranwala Balwant Singh Gopala. They were sent to judicial custody in the Central Jail Amritsar till April 10, 2012.

Injured Sikhs arrested by Patiala police from Rajindra hospital
Patiala, Punjab (March 31, 2012): As per information available with Sikh Siyasat, Paramjeet Singh, fourth Sikh who was injured during clash at Arya Samaj area of Patiala, is also removed from Rajindra Hospital by Patiala police. Reliable sources revealed that Paramjeet Singh got discharged from hospital by the Police and was immediately arrested from the Hospital premiss yesterday evening.

Police did not filed his arrest in records till this evening. It is said that police was busy in maintaining security arrangements in wake of Navratre Shobha Yatra in city therefore “paperwork” was delayed. It is notable that as per Criminal Procedure code and Supreme Court of India rulings this delay amounts to violation of due procedure and fundamental right of “life and liberty” of the detainee.

It is notable that on March 28, during Punjab bandh (shut-down) altercation between Sikhs protesting against death sentence of Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana and activists of Hindu right wing Shiv Sena turned violent. Police had restored to immense cane-charge on Sikhs. Four Sikhs, namely Paramjeet Singh, Karanpreet Singh, Tejbir Singh and Tejdeep Singh received massive injuries. Paramjeet Singh’s condition was critical on March 28. Police registered a case u/s 307, 353, 144 and some other sections of IPC.

The police removed Karanpreet Singh, Tejbir Singh and Tejdeep Singh from emergency ward of Rajindra hospital on March 28 and they were kept in CIA staff police station, Patiala. Karanpreet Singh and Tejbir Singh were able to secure bail, while Tejdeep Singh is still in jail.
Yesterday (March 30) the police arrested Paramjeet Singh from Rajindra Hospital Patiala and he is in the custody of Patiala Police.


PR from

31st March 2012

There have been further updates received on television from Sant Baba Ranjit Singh Ji Dhadrianwale.

They have confirmed that one Singh (Bhai Jaspal Singh Ji) was Shaheed in Gurdaspur and the other is only injured, in hospital.

A meeting was held today between Sant Dhadrianwale, the Akal Takht Jathedar and a few other leaders.

It is said Chief Minister Badal called the Akal Takht Jathedar and asked, “What are you doing at Jaspal Singh’s funeral and why are you staging a Dharna?”

The Jathedar replied, “Even if I have to sit here until tomorrow, I will. Until the SSP is suspended and other demands of arresting people are met, we will not move from here.”

Sant Dhadrianwale and the Jathedar had demanded that the Government suspend and charge those named who were specifically responsible for the Shaheedi of the young Singh. The Singh’s were made to wait for hours by the Police.

When no progress was being made, Sant Dhadrianwale, the Akal Takht Jathedar and other leaders gave a joint statement to call a Bandh in Gurdaspur tomorrow.

The Government has bowed and both the SSP and DSP are said to have been suspended, Naib Tehsildar has been suspended and FIRs have been registered against SI Joginder Singh. Shiv Sainiks will be arrested.

After a 7-8 hour protest and dharna, respecting the family of Shaheed Bhai Jaspal Singh Ji, the body is now being taken back to his village for the funeral. Around 7,000-8,000 Sangat are present.

On another note, it is said Sant Dhadrianwale have told viewers on television that the Jathedar is remaining true to his word.

BREAKING NEWS - Demand for Justice, Arrest SSP Police Officer

A demand for justice is being made to the Government to arrest the Punjab Police Officers (DIG Ram Singh, Tarn Taran SSP Manminder Singh and SP Jaspal Singh)responsible for the murder of Bhai Jaspal Singh.

Sri Akal Takht Sahib and Shaheed Bhai Jaspal Singh's family stance currently is that the funeral will not take place until the Police Officers have been arrested and charged.

31 March 2012 - Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana in Chardi Kala

Facebook update by Advocte Navkiran Singh ji (31 March 2012): 

"Just talked to Superintendent Patiala jail Balwant Singh Rajoana is hale and hearty. 

Balwant Singh Rajoana Patiala jail wich Charhdi Kala Wich Han"

Friday, 30 March 2012

Balwant Singh Rajoana case is about the rule of law in India

The following was authored by a concerned Canadian Sikh academic, who wrote under the condition of anonymity, in rebuttal to Jonathan Kay’s piece, entitled “Why are some Canadian Sikhs expressing solidarity with an unrepentant terrorist?

There are many questions surrounding the stay of execution of of Balwant Singh Rajoana, who was sentenced for his involvement in the 1995 assassination of Beant Singh — the former chief minister of Punjab who spear headed the genocide against Sikhs in the region. But Rajoana’s sentence has since been stayed.

Beant Singh gave police officers the authority to carry-out extrajudicial executions, targeting and killing civilian Sikhs on the spot. This led to fake “encounter” killings, illegal detention, torture and rape. Beginning in 1984, and continuing until his assassination, an estimated 9,000-30,000 Sikhs were murdered in Punjab. During Beant Singh’s reign, thousands of Sikhs were killed for being “suspicious,” despite claims that there were only approximately 300 armed Nationalist Sikhs. After the death of Beant Singh in 1995, the senseless murders of Sikhs stopped.

Why is the Sikh population displaying insurmountable support and rallying to stop the execution of Rajoana, who many consider a terrorist? The fact of the matter is that Sikhs do not support terrorists or terrorism, but are looking for equal treatment and justice in the so-called secular democracy known as India.

Sikhs and Muslims are minorities in India and are often jailed without a court hearing, not allowed to fight their cases, given more severe penalties than their non-Sikh inmates, and given longer jail terms and intentionally delayed sentences.

In 1984, tens of thousands of Sikhs were killed in riots in Delhi that were believed to be led by accused Indian politicians Kumar and Tytler, but due to “technicalities,” their cases have been stayed. These riots happened almost 30 years ago, but these people are allowed to walk free. In 2003, accused politician Modi, started riots that led to the killings of thousands of Muslims in Gujarat. To this day, he walks free.

The minority Sikhs have long been oppressed by the Indian government. Corruption and discrimination have plagued Rajoana’s case and, as a result, there has been an outcry for justice. It is often said that there is no justice for Sikh prisoners in India. By displaying their support for Rajoana, Sikhs are expressing their desire that a single standard be applied to all people in India. Rajoana has always accepted responsibility for his crime and refused an appeal. He accepts the death penalty. People are simply arguing that the government should not hang Rajoana, until they hang other people who have committed similar crimes — to show the same commitment to human rights and the rule of law when the Indian state, its forces, its bureaucrats and its politicians commit heinous crimes against humanity.

The inconsistencies are too harsh to ignore. Kishori Lal, the “Butcher of Trilokpuri,” was released following three death sentences for going on a Sikh murdering spree in 1984. Today, many police officers and politicians who committed human rights violations and were involved in the Sikh genocide live freely and have worked their way up the political ladder. It appears the only fate for a Sikh political prisoner is the hangman’s noose.

There are numerous other legitimate reasons why Rajoana should not be executed:
  • There are 2 other Sikh men who were involved in the killing, their trials are still pending (conveniently still in jail and awaiting fair trial for 17 years). So how can one man be hung when the other cases are not officially over.
  • There is an ongoing explosives case on Rajoana in Patiala Court; the Advocate General can issue a writ to the court to suspend the hanging until the pending case is solved.
  • Rajoana was not the actual murderer of Beant Singh (the murderer died in the bombing); he was a conspirator. So why is he being executed after spending 17 years in jail?
You must ask yourself, are these these actions consistent with the values of a liberal democracy? Would you not be upset? This is precisely why the Sikh population around the world is joining hands and supporting Rajoana. To us, Rajoana is a freedom fighter whose intent was not to kill innocents, but rather criminals, and to bring justice to Punjab. If someone had successfully killed Hitler, would that man be considered a terrorist? Maybe by Hitler supporters.
When All Hopes of addressing a wrong had failed, Rajoana was left with no alternative. He did what the Indian government failed, or chose not, to do: He stopped the violence in Punjab! Rajoana and others took matters into their own hands, took down a tyrant and allowed the state of Punjab to live in peace. If you wish to try Rajoana and hang him, you must hand down the same sentence to the many other men who murdered Sikhs in cold blood. I am a Sikh and we do not support terrorism.
The Sikhs of Canada and around the world support Rajoana for ridding the world of an evil man. The population would not be opposed to the death penalty handed out to Rajoana, had the others been tried just as equally.

BREAKING NEWS - Jathedar Sri Akal Takht Confirms Rajoana has not been moved

The Jathedar Sri Akal Takht Sahib has rung in live to Sikh Channel and confirmed that Bhai BalwanT Singh Rajoana is still at Patiala Central Jail and has not been moved.

Rajoana - Inspiring Video

Update on Supreme Court Proceedings

New Delhi, Fri, 30 Mar 2012

The Supreme Court of India Friday dismissed the plea of a NGO seeking clemency for Balwant Singh Rajoana, who is on death sentence and his execution is scheduled on March 31, 2012.

Rejecting the plea, a bench of two justices - Justices T.S. Thakur and Gyan Sudha Misra said it could not pass any direction, as Rajoana has not filed any petition before it. In this matter the apex court asked how, in a criminal matter, could a person other than the accused move the higher court seeking relief against the award of a sentence.

Ramakrishna had filled the petition under Article 32. According to law, only a person whose fundamental right is violated could invoke Article 32.

The court also noted that there was no pressing situation as the government had already put on hold the implementation of Rajoana's death sentence.

As it is known that Rajoana was not interested in seeking clemency for him and he had earlier forbade Akali Dal for seeking it.

In a letter, which Rajoana had written to Akali Dal, said that Akali Dal for pushing for his mercy due to having fear that it may loose supports of Sikhs in the state. Rajoana has slammed the Party for not fighting for Sikhs? right who were slain in 1984 anti-sikh riots.

The bench also said that petitioner Abhinav Ramakrishna, an advocate, has no locus standi to plead on Rajoana's behalf.

However, bench has allowed to NGO (Lawyers for Human Rights International) to withdraw its petition filed with a similar plea.

The rejection of plea has ended the hope of several sikh groups who were demanding mercy for Rajona, a convict for killing erstwhile Chief Minister of Punjab Beant Singh in 1995.

The kin of Beant Singh too have reportedly forgiven Rajoana.

Rajoana was one of the main conspires of Beant Singh murder case where he served as a back-up bomb in case Dilawar, the main suicide bomb failed.

The main suicide bomber was dead on the spot in his self-explosion. Beant Singh and other 17 were also killed in the bomb blast.

Jagatar Singh Hawara, the mastermind of this blast was also in the jail who was on earlier death sentence but later his death sentence was converted into life time imprisonment when he filled a mercy petition before the court.

Bhai Ranjit Singh shot by Punjab Police

 Another Victim of Gurdaspur Kand, shot by Punjab Police on 29 March 2012. He is currently in ICU unit after operation and is critical state.

Rumours of Hanging Tommorrow

There are a number of rumours and press articles about the Supreme Court refusing the clemancy issued by the President of India.

The situation is unclear, so an appeal of calm is made to the Worldwide Sikh Community until there is further information.

As per the press release of Press Information Bureau of Government Of India..... the death sentence of Balwant Singh Rajoana has been temporarily stayed till the matter is decided by the President Of India on representations filed by SGPC and DSGPC for commutation of death sentence of Balwant Singh.

Fund Raising by Khalsa Aid and SOPW

Both Khalsa Aid and SOPW are fundraising for the families of the sikhs shot dead by the police while peacefully protesting against the death sentence of Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana. This course of action was decided at the vigil outside parliament on 29/03/2012.

Please donate generously at the below two links.

Young Hindu condemns Shiv Sena’s actions and supports Rajoana

Police Claim Sikh Youth Committed Suicide

Sikh youth commits suicide in support of Rajoana?

A Sikh youth allegedly committed suicide apparently in support of Babbar Khalsa militant Balwant Singh Rajoana, a claim denied by police.

The deceased had been identified as Ranjit Singh Chaudhary of Ghula Cheeka town in neighbouring Haryana.

Police found a suicide note from the site where the body was recovered. The note allegedly said that he gave his life by hanging himself in the Tafajalpura locality near local bus stand last night and that he was part of a 21-member group formed to save Rajoana. Police also recovered some posters form the site, sources said.

Patiala SSP Gurpreet Singh Gill, however, denied that the youth committed suicide in support of clemency to Rajoana and said that though they had recovered the suicide note from the site, Chaudhary had been under depression for quite some time.

Statement from Glenis Willmott MEP on Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana

Sikh protestors rally in Canberra - ABC News

Times of India - "Rajoana had protested killings during 1991 polls"

Rajoana had protested killings during 1991 polls
I P Singh, TNN | Mar 30, 2012, 05.16AM IST

JALANDHAR: Balwant Singh Rajoana was against several acts of militant organizations, including killing of over two dozen candidates in the 1991 assembly elections, this comes out from letters written by him.

The election was countermanded by then chief election commissioner T N Seshan just 24 hours before the polling. The Congress had boycotted the election process.

In a letter to his sister Kamaldeep Kaur on September 6, 2009, Rajoana implied that some of the militant outfits and their leaders were working at the behest of Central government agencies and their actions ultimately went against Sikhs.

He wrote that when the Akali Dal dared to contest the 1991 election after expressing faith in the Constitution, the panthic committee, a conglomerate of various militant organizations, ordered its boycott. "Instead of contesting the elections, Akali leaders were got eliminated so that the Congress win could be ensured and Sikhs could be rendered leaderless by eliminating Sikh and Akali leaders", he wrote.

Rajoana had also criticized killings of innocent in Punjab during militancy days and held "agencies" behind some militant outfits responsible for it. "The agitation (launched by SAD and Sikhs) was for very genuine demands of Sikhs but then it became victim of lowly mechanizations of Delhi. Due to attack on religion --Operation Bluestar and anti-Sikh riots in Delhi -- the Sikh organizations were compelled to demand independence as their psyche was badly injured," he wrote.

"Initially, the sangharash (struggle) was not communal and Hindus and members of other communities did not have any fear of these youths but then agencies infiltrated, formed panthic committees and misled the militants and struggle," Rajoana said adding, "several actions were executed which would have created opposition to the struggle and incurred a bad name for it."

Rajoana criticized Shingar blast
In his letter on April 22, 2008, Rajoana had written then he had no doubt that the movement for Khalistan was being "controlled by the Congress and agencies." "Their job is to keep the name of this path alive but none should be allowed to progress on it. That is why Shingar cinema blast took place. I think that happenings like Shingar cinema have nothing to do with the Sikh struggle," he added.

Rajoana for sarv dharam
"I think that if sangharash has to be taken forward, we have to win the confidence of people of other religions and communities. All of them should feel secure in our ideology and should honour it. Our ideology should be of sarv dharam (accommodative to all religions), justice and human progress and should not be confined to gurdwaras," Rajoana said in his letter written around two-and-a-half years ago.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Shaheed Bhai Jaspal Singh 29th March 2012

Hundreds of Sikh Youth Arrested in Malwa Region

Along with the arrest of prominent Sikh Leaders, hundreds of Sikh Youth around the Malwa region of Punjab have been arrested and continue to be arrested by Punjab Police. More information to follow...

Pictures from Candlelight Vigil at Westminister - 29th March 2012

More Sikhs arrested in Amritsar; Sikh bodies condemned police atrocities and killing of Sikh youth in Gurdaspur

Amritsar, Punjab (March 29, 2012): Ten Sikhs are reported to have been arrested by the Amritsar police. Confirming the arrest of ten Sikhs, Police Commissioner Amritdsar R.P. Mittal said that these were arrested under the “preventive measures” of under section of 107/51 IPC.

Sikh Siyasat sources reported that these Sikhs were objecting to provocative activities of Shiv Sena. Shiv Sena activists were trying to burn the effigy of Sikh political prisioner Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana, who is on death row.

Among arrested were Bhai Mohkam Singh, Convenor of Khalsa Action Committee and president of Sikh organization Sikh Youth Federation Bhindranwala Balwant Singh Gopala. They were sent to judicial custody in the Central Jail Amritsar till April 10, 2012.

Meanwhile, coming down heavily on the Badal Dal led Punjab government for not disciplining the police force, the Sikh organization Dal Khalsa condemned the killing of youth hit by police bullets in Gurdaspur town.

The Sikh youth killed has been identified as 18 year old Jaspal Singh a resident of Sidhwan Jamita Village and injured youth is Ranjit Singh of Pandher. Expressing grief over the loss of life of one person and another seriously injured, Harcharanjeet Singh Dhami and Kanwarpal Singh Bittu, head and spokesperson of Sikh group, claimed in a statement that “after lobbying teargas on Sikh protesters, police opened fire on them, who were gathered outside local Gurdwara.”

“We had talked with many people in Gurdaspur who told us that the police behaviour was completely ruthless”, they alleged. They demanded judicial probe into the incident and suspension of the police officer heading the police party. They also condemned the arrest of Sikh leaders including KAC chairman Bhai Mohkam Singh and several others and described the step as “reflection of failure and frustration” of the Badal government.

Leaders of Akali Dal Panch Pardhani, Sikhs for Human Rights and Sikh Students Federation have also strongly condemned the killing of Sikh youth and police atrocities on civilian Sikh population.


Bhaisahib was just 18 years old...

REMINDER - Candle Light Vigil Tonight

Candlelight Vigil in Support of Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana

Old Place Yard, Outside the Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA

Thursday 29th March 2012
6pm - 8pm 

Further info Contact:

Why Was CM Beant Singh Killed?

Dhadrianwale explains the background as to why Bhai Dilawar Singh, Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana, Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara and other Singhs decided to take the drastic step to kill CM Beant Singh.

Dhadrianwale: Sangharsh Must Continue

From diwan which took place on the evening of 28th March 2012.

Provocation by Right Wing Extremism Group Shiv Sena

Video Footage of Gurdaspur Kand

Two Sikh boys killed by police in Gurdaspur

Gurdaspur/Patiala, Punjab (March 29, 2012): As per information available from various sources the police today opened fire on Sikhs who had gathered at a Gurudwara Sahib in Gurdaspur to prevent right wing Hindu organization Shiv Sena from burning effigy of Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana, a Sikh political prisoner who is on death row.

“A youth was killed and another person injured when police allegedly fired to disperse a group of persons assembled near Ramgarhia Gurdwara on Tibri road in Gurdaspur this morning. Curfew was later clamped in the town in view of the tension” reports Hindustan Times.

Whereas Sikh Siyasat sources have told that Jaspal Singh (18) of Sidhwan Jamita village near Gurdaspur died on the spot, after he was shot at by Punjab police personnel and other Sikh youth died on his way to hospital. Both are said to be students of Beant College, Gurdaspur. Curfew is installed in Gurdaspur.

It is notable that Badal Government in Punjab has tighten it’s grip on Sikh organizations and Sikh leaders and more than two hundred arrested are reported to have been made so far. On the other hand Government is not doing any thing to prevent Hindu right wing organizations like Shiv Sena and it’s activists.

There are reports from Patiala, Phagwara, Gurdaspur and Amritsar that Shiv Sena activists tried to burn the effigy of Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana and attacked Sikhs. The police has so far made arrests of Sikh youth only. More than twenty five Sikhs are taken into custody from Amritsar, who were trying to prevent Shiv sena activists to march towards Sri Darbar Sahib. Shiv Seniks had declared to burn the effigy of Bhai Balwant Singh near Darbar Sahib complex.

BREAKING NEWS - Amritsar Youth killed, 1 injured in firing in Gurdaspur; curfew clamped

Gurdaspur , March 29, 2012

A youth was killed and another person injured when police allegedly fired to disperse a group of persons assembled near Ramgarhia gurdwara on Tibri road in Gurdaspur this morning. Curfew was later clamped in the town in view of the tension.

The deceased was identified as Jaspal Singh (18) of Sidhwan Jamita village near Gurdaspur while the injured was Ranjit Singh of Pandher near here. He had been referred to Amritsar hospital.

Around 200 persons had gathered near the gurdwara at around 11am while another group had assembled near Hanuman Chowk, 300 yards from the gurdwara. In order to prevent a clash, police went near the gurdwara and tried to disperse the group stationed there by bursting tear gas shells and firing in the air.

In the ensuing melee, one person was killed in firing, allegedly by new recruits.Senior police officers were in the town to monitor the situation.

JusReign on Rajoana (Canada)

KP Gill comments on Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana

DNA Article - Ex-Punjab DGP KPS Gill flays Rajoana's clemency clamour
Published: Thursday, Mar 29, 2012, 8:45 IST 
 Ajay Bharadwaj | Place: Chandigarh | Agency: DNA

Former Punjab DGP KPS Gill, during whose tenure former chief minister Beant Singh was assassinated here in 1995, termed Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal’s efforts for clemency to Balwant Singh Rajoana as “perversion of system”.
He said the Akali leaders had been compulsively mixing religion with politics at times to subvert the system. “One fails to find a distinction between the SGPC and the Akali government sometimes”, said the former super cop.
Justifying hanging of Balwant Singh, who has been convicted in the assassination case, Gill said it was a strange situation when the convict wanted to go to the gallows and the state government was going overboard to oppose it.
He recalled that Balwant Singh’s involvement in the bomb blast that killed Beant Singh, demonstrated that militants had penetrated the police force, which had otherwise, fought militancy tooth and nail.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

London - Candlelight Vigil 29 March 2012

Candlelight Vigil in Support of Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana

Old Place Yard, Outside the Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London SW1A 0AA

Thursday 29th March 2012
6pm - 8pm 

Further info Contact:

Prominent Gursikhs taken in Custody 28 March 2012

The following Gursikhs have been taken into custody by Punjab Police on 28 March 2012 following peaceful protests in support of Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana:

Bhai Simranjit Singh Mann – SAD (A) President
Bhai Daljit Singh Bittu – SAD (Panthic ) President
Baba Baljit Singh Dadu Sahib Wale – Panthic Seva Lehar
Bhai  Harpal Singh Cheema – SAD (Panthic) Secretary General
Bhai Parmjit Singh Saholi - SAD (Independent) President
Bhai Gurdip Singh Gosha – Youth Akali Dal Delhi President
Bhai Gurinder Pal Singh Dhaola – Former Secretary General of SAD (A)
Bhai Jaswinder Singh Balia – SAD Delhi President
Bhai Gursavar Singh – SAD (A) State General Secretary
Bhai Jasveer Singh Kandoor -  SAD (Panthic) Secretary General

Three protest marches banned, crackdown against Panthic bodies
PTI | 11:03 PM,Mar 28,2012
in Punjab Chandigarh, March 28 (PTI) - In a major crackdown against radical Sikhs and their organisations, Punjab police tonight detained several leaders and activists and banned three protest marches to be held tomorrow in support of Balwant Singh Rajoana, convict in the Beant Singh assassination case. Punjab Police sources told PTI here tonight that those taken into custody include SAD (A) president Simranjit Singh Mann, SAD Panthic secretary general Harpal Singh Cheema, president SAD (Independent) Parmjit Saholi and president Youth Akali Dal (Delhi) Gurdip Gosha. Among the others are former secretary general of SAD (A) Gurinder Pal Dhanola, chairman of Panthic Seva Lehar Baljit Singh Daduwal, president SAD (Panthic) Daljit Singh Bittu, president SAD (Delhi) Jaswinder Singh Balia and State General Secretary of SAD (A) Guru Savar Singh. The total number of persons apprehended so far as a preventive measure was not yet known, the sources said adding that the detention of the leaders and activists of these organisations have been made under Sections 107/151 (apprehension of breach of peace). The detentions were made from various districts, including Bathinda, Gurdaspur, Ludhiana and Amritsar. The sources said that the state has also banned three protest marches which the radical Sikhs and various Panthic organisations were scheduled to take out from three different Takhts located at Anandpur Sahab (Takht Keshgarh Sahab), Takht Damdama Sahab (Talwandi Sabo, Muktsar) and Amritsar (Akal Takht) tomorrow. The protest marches were to culminate outside the Central Jail at Patiala where Rajoana is lodged.(MORE) PTI AKA PL.

Scotland - Peaceful Protest 29 March 2012

Peaceful  Protest for the Freedom of Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana and against the death penalty.
12 pm  - 29th March 2012

Consulate General of India
17 Rutland Square,
Edinburgh  EH1 2BB

For more information contact Harjit Singh 07877 381183 

Some MSPs and media are expected to attend

Update from Bhai Balwant Singh from his Sister Kamaljeet Kaur

Bhai Rajoana hanging: After stay news Sikh leaders arrested by Punjab police

Ludhiana/Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab (March 28, 2012): As per information available with Sikh Siyasat, Punjab government led by Badal-BJP combine has instructed the Punjab police to arrest Sikh leaders. Police has already arrested Sikh leader Bhai Daljit Singh Bittu, Advocate Harpal Singh Cheema and S. Jasvir Singh Kandoor. Bhai Daljit Singh is chairman of Akali Dal Panch Pardhani, while Bhai Cheema and Kandoor are secretaries of Panch Pardhani.

As per information from confirmed sources Bhai Daljit Singh was taken into custody late this evening from his Gurdev Nagar Ludhiana situated residence. Bhai Harpal Singh Cheema was arrested with some others from Fatehgarh Sahib. Similarly Jasvir Singh Kandoor was also arrested from his house.

Police is hunting for other Sikh leaders, including Bhai Mandhir Singh, youth leader of Panch Pardhani. More arrested are expected tonight as Punjab government want to silence the political decent.

Sikh Siyasat has confirmed information that Bhai Daljit Singh was arrested after the news of temporary stay on execution of Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana had already appeared in media. It is notable that Badal Government had kept Bhai Daljit Singh under political detention for last more than two years and he was recently released on judicial intervention.

Sikh Students Federation president Parmjeet Singh Gazi has condemned these arrests. “Badal Government is using police machinery and law as tools of political weapon”.

Is this really a Victory?

The President of India’s decision today that the execution of Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana will be stopped until the case at Patiala court is re-heard, is not a victory.  This will result in a long drawn out 5-10 year delay, during which people are likely to forget about Bhai Balwant Singh and other prisoners.

As a Global Kaum (Nation), we have successfully exerted enough international and domestic pressure that the Indian Government, Punjab Government and Judiciary have reversed their decision on the hanging. They have bowed to the collective voice of the Global Sikh Nation. Now let that collective voice call for Freedom for Balwant Singh Rajoana and other Political Prisoners in India, investigation of  the brutal, inhumane human rights abuses and justice for the victims of the pogroms over the last 27 years.

Centre stays hanging of Balwant Singh Rajoana after Badal meets President

New Delhi/Chandigarh: The Centre has stayed the hanging of Babbar Khalsa terrorist Balwant Singh Rajoana after Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal met President Pratibha Patil today. The state government has been under immense pressure in the last few days with radical Sikh groups demanding clemency for Rajoana, who was sentenced to death for the assassination of then Punjab chief minister Beant Singh in 1995.

This comes after a court in Chandigarh ruled on Tuesday that Rajoana should be hanged as scheduled on March 31. The court was hearing a plea from the Patiala Jail Superintendent.

Mr Badal's government, along with Sikh body Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), have been leading a campaign for clemency for Rajoana. Sukhbir Singh Badal, who is also the President of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), had said today, "We are not politicising the issue. We want clemency for Rajoana. We are meeting the President. We have also sought time from the Prime Minister." Mr Badal stressed that not just the Akalis but the Congress, and other political parties in Punjab, were also supporting the SGPC's demand.

The matter of two other terrorists, Jagtar Singh Hawara and Lakhwinder Singh, convicted in the same case, is pending before the Supreme Court. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has approached the Supreme Court in Hawara's case as his death sentence, awarded by the CBI special court in 2007, was commuted by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2010 to life imprisonment. The appeal of Lakhwinder Singh against his conviction is also pending.

However, the High Court had upheld Rajoana's death sentence in the case as he had refused to defend himself. Kamaljeet Kaur, Mr Rajoana's sister, who met him in jail earlier today reiterated that he is not interested in asking for mercy.

Meanwhile, a bandh in the state today, called by radical Sikh groups to protest against the scheduled hanging, threw normal life out of gear - forcing schools and shops to shut down. Saffron-coloured flags could be seen flying on buildings, houses and shops. In Patiala, Shiv Sainiks clashed with protesters, and National Highway 1 was blocked. Trains between Ferozepur and Jalandhar were also blocked with protesters sitting on the rail track near Ferozepur station.

Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Law and Order, S.K. Sharma told IANS there were no major incidents of violence during the shutdown.

Authorities in Punjab had beefed up security arrangements across the state in view of the latest orders of the court directing that Rajoana be hanged. Nearly 60,000 Punjab police personnel and 15 companies of para-military forces had been put on alert. The security forces had taken out flag marches in some cities and towns since Monday. Security has also been tightened around the jail to handle any untoward incident. Prohibitory orders are in place across Chandigarh to stop assembly of groups.