MRITSAR: While the government machinery in India has started moving for the release of 6 former militants, two of them have already been released on parole, following fast unto death by Kurukshetra resident Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa, the Sikh groups from across the globe have now sought intervention of United Nations (UN) for the release of nearly 118 Sikh political prisoners lodged in various jails.
Leader of Movement Against Atrocities and Repression (MAAR), Master Karan Singh told TOI over phone from Geneva on Wednesday that he had led a delegation with representatives from Switzerland, Germany and Italy along with a leading Human Rights Activist belonging to a Geneva based NGO Inter Faith International Dr. Charles Graves to present a petition to the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) concerning violation of human rights in India.
OHCHR is a United Nations agency that works to promote and protect the human rights that are guaranteed under international law and stipulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948.
Karan Singh informed that they brought to the knowledge of UN about hunger strike of Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa in Gurdwara Amb Sahib, Mohali in India for the release of 6 Sikhs jailed since 1990 in various prisons.
He said “every Sikh prisoner has been accused and tried so far under TADA, has been given a minimum sentence of 20 years. Although, review of their cases and release is overdue, regretfully the Indian justice system is discriminatory and maintains double standards when it comes to review the cases of Sikhs, who are still languishing in jails, despite their ill health and old age”.
To buttress his claim he gave example of Bollywood actor Sunjay Dutt. “Sanjay Dutt, got 5 years imprisonment for a similar crime, this clearly proves that Sikhs are discriminated” he said adding that they would continue their struggle for the release of around 118 Sikh political prisoners lodged in Indian jails.