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Dilbagh Singh, now in his fifties, was named in a false case registered againsthim by Punjab police in 1992. This was at a time when State brutality against Sikhs, often ended in the murder of an innocent at the hands of the police. Eventually, in 1999 the Police caught and arrested Dilbagh Singh and his case was later tried in a secret TADA Court, behind closed doors, when he was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment in 2007.

Dilbagh Singh has faced a lifetime of oppression with great inner strength. The police looted his family home, taking anything of value, while other sentimental articles were removed and set on fire. As if that wasn’t enough, before they were done, the police completely demolished the family home in order that no sign of Dilbagh Singh should remain in his ancestral village.


Sikh Relief (SOPW) have been fighting Dilbagh Singh’s case and providing for his welfare. Our team of lawyers managed to secure his first parole release in 2008. Since then, he has returned home for a period of 28 days every six months. Meanwhile, SOPW’s lawyers have filed an application for his premature release in the High Courts.

Dilbagh Singh is a prisoner in Nabha Maximum Security Jail, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Punjab State Government. The question we ask the Punjab Government is - why are no efforts being made to release those Sikh political prisoners who fall under their own authority? Seeking agreement from other States and negotiating the release of prisoners held outside of Punjab, is a more complicated and time-consuming issue, yet Dilbagh Singh and others in his same position, could walk free tomorrow.... 

Lakhwinder Singh is one of the 3 Burail Jail prisoners who have languished behind bars for 20 years and still counting. He was sentenced to life in relation to the Beant assassination case - Beant was the CM of Panjab under whose watch tens of thousands of ordinary Sikhs were killed in the most brutal ways. None of the branches of government tried to prevent or hold to account, those responsible for the state sponsored killings, instead they turned a blind eye to the murdering, the raping and the looting taking place all across Panjab.

Sikh Relief provide monthly welfare support to Lakhwinder Singh. We have filed applications in the High Court for his permanent release as well as Shamsher Singh and Gurmeet Singh. Since there are no further cases pending against all three, there are no other legal fees.

Apart from this, Sikh Relief have paid the education fees for Lakhwinder Singh' s sisters children and covered extra family welfare costs, such as his sister Parmjit Kaur's wedding in February 2013. In 2012, a large donation was presented to both Lakhwinder Singh's sisters and again in 2013, a generous amount was raised by the Sangat, which Sikh Relief donated to the family by way of recognition of the huge sacrifice they made, giving their all to save the lives of thousands more.

Shamsher Singh is one of fourteen life serving convicts that have been at the heart of the Bapu Surat SIngh hunger strike awareness campaign for the release of those sikh political prisoners that have served their minimum term sentences, have no outstanding cases and therefore qualify for premature relaese.

Shamsher Singh was sentenced to life imprisonment in August 1995 for his alleged involvement in the Chief Minister Beant Singh assassination case. He was sentenced under section 302 (punishment for murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) alongside 120-B (Punishment of criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code and U/S 3 & 4 of the Explosive Substances Act. He has no other cases pending and to date, has been awarded a total of three parole release during his 20 years of incarceration. 

Sikh Relief, has supported Shamsher Singh and his family for many years, support comes in the form of a monthly family maintance allowance, funding education costs for his daughter, paying for his daughters wedding, medical and any other form of financial support should the need arise and legal welfare and aid for Shamsher Singh himself.

Gurmeet Singh was part of the team that ended the murderous reign of Punjab's Chief Minister Beant, in 1995, an action that finally brought to an end a decade of terror against the Sikhs which left upwards of 25,000 dead. Gurmeet Singh, an Engineering Graduate from Patiala, has been in prison for nearly 20 years, accused of making the explosives belt that Shaheed Dilawar Singh wore in the action. In all this time, he has only been granted parole twice in 2014 although some time ago, Sikh Relief’s legal team submitted his paperwork for consideration of premature release.

Gurmeet Singh has 3 sisters, one of whom, Varinder Kaur, is unable to hear and speak from birth. He lost his father, the man who had been his role model and guided him through his early years, in a tragic road accident in 1999, just a few years after Gurmeet Singh was sent to prison. Mata Surjit Kaur, has since been left to face the hardships and take care of her disabled daughter. Sikh Relief provide regular financial aid to Mata Ji and Varinder Kaur as part of their welfare package. Please note, Sikh Relief is working hard to secure the permanent release of Gurmeet Singh and the next date for hearing in the Punjab & Haryana High Court has been set for February 2015.

Warayam Singh has been confined in Central Jail Bareilly since May 1990. Warayam SIngh and his family members, Wassan SIngh and Major SIngh (who was 14 years old at the time) were all arrested and taken to a police station in Bareilly U.P where they were interrogated, severely tortured then thrown into Bareilly prison.

They were tried and sentenced to life imprisonment under the draconian TADA act. Wassan Singh was arrested at the age of 90 and sadly he never returned home as he died in prison aged 97 after contracting TB.

Warayam Singh's entire family have all also sacrificed hugely for the Panth, his uncle Gurmej Singh (85) was first arrested in 1979 he was beaten tortured for ten days before being released; he was then rearrested May 1990 and imprisoned till 1996. Nephew Major SIngh Singh (14) was confined in Central Jail Bareilly for 23 years before being granted permanent release in August 2012. Uncle, Ajit Singh arrested in 2008; spent six months in jail, he is currently on bail, the trial is on-going. Uncle, Balbinder Singh arrested at the age of 32 in May 1990, he endured ten days of police torture whilst in custody only then to be released and killed in a false police encounter in 1993.

Due to the harsh conditions in prison, Varyam Singh’s health has deteriorated and he has lost the sight in one eye. Yet, despite his impeccable behaviour and good conduct in jail, Varyaam Singh has never been granted even a single days parole since his arrest 25 years ago. Understandably, the family struggle to see the light at the end of the tunnel....

Sikh Relief’s legal team have completed all the necessary paperwork for his premature release, yet Varyaam Singh is still behind bars and still awaits his long overdue FREEDOM. 

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