Sikhs from the across the UK have gathered today outside the Indian Consulate in Birmingham to call for the immediate release of all Sikh political prisoners who have already completed the terms of their sentences.
The plight of Sikh political prisoners has been highlighted by Bhai Gurbaksh Singh who has been on hunger strike since 14 November at Gurdwara Amb Sahib which is situated in Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar (Mohali) in Punjab.
If Bhai Gurbaksh Singh loses his life we will hold the Punjab State government and the central government of India responsible and it would be another sad indictment of the situation of Sikh political prisoners and the appalling failings of the Indian criminal justice system.
Bhai Gurbaksh Singh is seeking the immediate release of:
• Bhai Gurmit Singh, Shamsher Singh, Lakhwinder Singh who have confined in Burrail Jail, Chandigarh for 18 years since 1995
• Bhai Lal Singh who was arrested in 1992 by Gujrat police and is currently confined in Maximum security jail Nabha where he has been for 21 years; and
• Bhai Gurdip Singh who has been confined in Gurbarg Jail of Karnataka for the last 23 years.
They have all served their terms of sentence but are not being released by the relevant state governments.
Haryana police have continued to harass the family of Bhai Gurbaksh Singh. They recently raided his house in search of old pictures and other information. The Mohali SSP has issued a statement alleging that Bhai Gurbaksh Singh can be picked up any time when required.
Gurbaksh Singh has lost a lot of weight and is physically weak, however he is steadfast in his demand for justice. His daily schedule includes amritvela simran, nitnem, and listening to continuous recitation of Chaupai Sahib and other amrit banis.
Gurbaksh Singh has announced that he will continue his hunger strike until the Sikh political prisoners are released or until his death. He has also publicly stated that Ardaas has been done in front of Guru Granth Sahib Ji and he will not back out even if Akal Takhat Sahib issues an order.