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Under high security today, Jagtar Singh Hawara appeared in the Ropar Sessions Court of Jatinder Kaur. Wearing a kesri dastaar and white kurta pyjama, Bhai Hawara was unable to meet with well wishers due to the level of security. However, he was able to fold his hands and say "fateh" from afar. There were three court hearings in relation to the Noorpur Bedi Police charges of the attempted murder of Piara Bhaniara and the Chamkaur Sahib Police charges under TADA and the Arms & Expolsives Act. Bhai Hawara was represented by Advocates Harpal Singh Cheema and Barjinder Singh Lumba. At the last court appearance a request was submitted by Sarabjit Singh Bains (Bhai Hawara's lawyer) that instead of the exhausting 16 hour return journey from Delhi to Punjab, the court should consider Bhai Hawara being transported to Punjab the night before he is due in court. However, citing security reasons the court could not make this possible.

After the hearing, Bhai Hawara spoke to his legal team and family members about the 'disappearances' by the Punjab Police of; Kulwant Singh, Sukhwinder Singh Bhatti (Sangrur), Satnam Singh (Jammu), Jagvinder Singh Maansahia (Kapurthala) and Dharamvir Singh Kamoke (Amritsar), who were all practising lawyers but did not charge any fees for human rights cases - same as Bhai Hawara's lawyer Sarbjit Singh Bains. He paid his utmost respect for these lawyers and said he feels the pain that as a nation, the Sikhs have not received any justice for what happened to them. Commenting on the upcoming elections, Bhai Hawara said the Sikh Nation will never achieve justice by the voting process in India.

Present outside the court were, Hawara's mother, Taiya Ji, Sikh youth and many Sikh organisations including Akali Dal Panch Pardhani and Akali Dal Amritsar. The next dates for the court hearings have been set for 24th April and 8th May.

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