06 September 2010

In Tribute - Shaheed Jaswant Singh Khalra

 Fifteen years ago today, KP- Gill and his minions kidnapped, tortured and eventually killed on of the Panth's brightest star, the human rights activist Bhai Sardar Jaswant Singh Khalra.  He was, of course just one of thousands, tens of thousands, lakhs who disappeared in Punjab during the 1980s and 1990s.

He dedicated his life to tracking down those who had disappeared, to find out what really happened to them.  He discovered the truth and for that he had to die.

Please watch this video, courtesy of the Sikh Activist Network (SAN).  It is in Punjabi with English subtitles.  Please take the 18 minutes necessary and watch it in memory of Shaheed Bhai Jaswant Singh Khalra ji.

Jaswant Singh Khalra's Last International Speech from SikhActivistNetwork on Vimeo.


He was not secretly cremated.  It is reported that after being held and tortured for over a month, pieces of his body were thrown into the Sutlej River on 24 October 1995.  The next time you look into the waters of this one of the Five Rivers remember our brother's body floating, in pieces, down its waters. 

Sutlej River in the 1980s and 1990s

There were 6 Punjab Policemen charged with his murder.  Five were convicted and awarded life sentences.  The sixth was acquitted.  The most guilty criminal of the gang, KP- Gill remains at large and securely protected by the government of India (OK).  To read more about Jaswant Singh  Khalra ji and the convictions, go to the ensaaf page

 If it is at all possible for you, please attend SAN's conference, Where Did They All Go:  Jaswant Singh Khalra Memorial Weekend, 11-12 September 2010 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada  It will be hosted by Jaswant Singh Khalra ji's wife, Bibi Paramjit Kaur Khalra and it will be possible to meet and talk with her.


  1. So 5 policemen were given sentences for murdering him. Scapegoats! Of course, they were probably just following orders blindly. Now, for the ones at the top who made this decision...

  2. Dear H. Maryam ji,

    Frankly, I'm glad that at least someone is paying some price for yet another torture-murder of a good man. I have a very firm policy of not advocating violence, but if I didn't I would strongly urge some brave Sikhs to achieve shaheedi getting rid of some of these scumbags, most importantly KP- Gill. Of course, he has the highest security, so that would be difficult.

    Having once been in the clutches of the Punjab Police, I will testify that they are not blindly following orders; they thoroughly enjoy what they are doing.

  3. I can't agree more with your sentence "I have a very firm policy of not advocating violence, but if I didn't I would strongly urge some brave Sikhs to achieve shaheedi getting rid of some of these scumbags, most importantly KP- Gill."
    The only reason why most decent human beings won't step forward is that they won't take the law into their own hands. Islam prohibits it as well.

    As for the nature of the Punjabi police, I have no doubt that most of them have been hardened after years of torturing and killing innocent ones, so they don't feel any more regret than they do when killing a housefly. However, I seriously doubt that as human beings, they would enjoy such deeds. One needs to have a very twisted sense of pleasure to enjoy committing such deeds when they (most of them, anyway)don't even have any personal interest.

  4. What about the hundreds of thousands of Hindus these so called human rights shaheeds raped and killed in the 1980's??
    DO NOT presume that people have forgot the 4000 hindus you killed without blinking an eye near kabrawalla village near malout in muktsar district among others.........Murderers are NOT HUMANS, and ANIMALS and TERRORISTS have no human rights.



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