Critics said the film, “Kaum De Heere,” depicted the men who killed the prime minister in 1984 in a favorable or even romanticized light.
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Faridkot/ Bathinda, Punjab (August 22, 2014): Just after the byelections were over in Punjab, the Punjab police reportedly arrested Sikh preacher and Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (ad hoc) member Baba Baljit Singh Daduwal. As per information available the Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) Baba Daduwal was arrested by Faridkot district police in late evening of August 21.

Baba Baljeet Singh Daduwal in police custody [File Photo]

Baba Baljeet Singh Daduwal in police custody [File Photo]

His arrest has been made in a 2009 case that was registered at Bajakhana. Police has also registered a fresh case against Baba Baljeet Singh Daduwal under Arms Act and two others namely Randhir Singh of Gurdaspur and Harjinder Singh of Bathinda.

The police has claimed to have recovered “illegal” weapons from the the custody of Baba Baljeet Singh Daduwal. The alleged illegal weapons comprise 2 Pistols, 7 Rifles and 300 cartridges.

The police presented arrested persons before duty magistrate and wanted police remand of Baba Baljit Singh Daduwal in Bajakhana case but the court did not accept their plea. The police was able to secure one day remand of Baba Baljit Singh along with two others in fresh case registered under Arms Act.

It is notable that Baljit Singh Daduwal was main person who had led a groups of HSGMC supporter to take over control of Guhla-Cheeka Gurdwara Sahib in Haryana. Punjab’s ruling party Badal Dal was opposing formation of HSGMC and loss of control over a Historic Gurdwara Sahib in Guhla-Cheeka was considered to be major setback for Badal Dal’s move agianst formation of HSGMC.

Even earlier this month the Punjab police tred to arrest Daduwal in Bajakhana case but after getting a tip he was able to avoid his arrest.

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INDIA: BJP leader among 6 arrested in MP for raping minor

by Sanjeev Singh on August 22, 2014

Madhya Pradesh, India (August 22, 2014): A local BJP leader and 5 others were reportedly arrested in Madhya Pradesh in connection with rape of a minor girl. The girl reportedly belong to Assam and was transported to Madhya Pradesh via Mumbai (Maharashtra).

According to the police claims the accused were caught last evening during a checking on Ujjain road when police stopped a car on the basis of suspicion and found a 15-year-old girl in the captivity of four men.

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According to City Kotwali Police Station In-charge, Bhupendra Singh, the minor later told police that she was lured by a person from Doipang area near Guwahati, Assam and brought to Mumbai on the pretext of providing her a job but was allegedly raped there by few persons.

Later, she was brought to Indore in Madhya Pradesh where a middleman Raja alias Rakesh allegedly sold her to a woman agent, Mumtaz after taking money.

Mumtaz later handed over her for Rs 4,000 to four persons including Dewas Municipal Corporation’s Revenue Inspector Sabir alias Lal, a corporation employee Rohit Jalodia, BJP leader Hamid Sadar and Yaqub Sheikh.

Yesterday, they allegedly took her to a secluded place in a car for physically exploiting her but started abusing her in the vehicle itself, Bhupendra Singh said.

After reaching the designated spot they began squabbling over taking turns to rape her following which they decided to return, the In-charge said.

Meanwhile, Sabir allegedly raped the girl and was subsequently caught by police on the way back.

Taking a serious view of the matter, BJP has expelled the minority wing’s former office bearer Hamid from the party.

The accused will be produced in a local court today and a police team would be sent to Assam for further probing the incident.

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Amritsar, Punjab (August 22, 2014): Disappointed over the “out of the way” premature release of former police cat turned cop Gurmeet Pinky, Amrik Singh of Ludhiana met Akal Takht Jathedar Gurbachan Singh on August 21. He demanded Giani Gurbachan Singh’s intervention in this matter and wanted him to issue directions to the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) asking them to explain their favour for the human rights abuser.

Giani Gurbachan Singh gave a patient hearing to Amrik Singh. He told him that he would direct the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) to help them in his legal battle. He asked for the case file so that it could be examined by legal experts.

Victim Avtar Singh Gola's father Amrik Singh meets Giani Gurbachan Singh

Victim Avtar Singh Gola’s father Amrik Singh meets Giani Gurbachan Singh

Jathedar reprotedly did not make any commitment regarding seeking explanation from ruling Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) for it’s favour to Gurmeet Pinky.

“The state government surreptitiously released Pinki. This has left us shocked. We fought a long legal battle spanning over six years to see him convicted, but he is a free man today. We will again mobilise whatever little resources we have to fight yet another legal battle,” said Amrik Singh, whose only son was killed by Gurmeet Pinky in 2001.

Though Gurmeet Pinky was awarded imprisonment for life, he released from after serving just seven years and seven months behind the bars.
“While the Punjab and Haryana High Court dismissed Pinki’s bail plea six times, calling him ‘unscrupulous and mischievous,’ the state government remitted his sentence for ‘good’ conduct,” said Amrik Singh.

He alleged that the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) government had thrown all norms to the wind while ordering Pinki’s release.

“The Akalis, who came to power on Panthic agenda, are now siding with anti-Panthic forces,” he alleged.

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New Delhi/ Manipur, India (August 22, 2014): Human rights and anti-AFSPA activist Irom Chanu Sharmila’s re-arrest after two days freedom has invited criticism from all quarters. She was picked up ‘forcibly’ by Police from Imphal in Manipur. The Iron Lady of Manipur, who has been on fast for last 14 years, is supposed to have been picked up by the police for feeding her forcibly.

Irom Sharmila’s family and various civil rights groups have strongly condemned her re-arrest. Her family has alleged that the move to re-arrest her was “illegal” as a local court had earlier absolved her of the charge of trying to commit suicide by means of fasting.

Irom Chanu Sharmila

Irom Chanu Sharmila

“This is a case of illegal detention by the police against a peaceful protester who has spent 48 hours without food and water. The court has already released Sharmila then how can she be arrested again on the same charges? We strongly condemn this,” Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network founder Binalakshmi Nepram is reportedly to have said from Imphal.

Sharmila’s brother Irom Singhajit too condemned the police action and claimed that his sister had sustained a hand injury while she was being forcibly taken away.

“Her hand was hurt badly and a nail broke off. We are worried as her health is growing weak. We will consult our lawyer in the matter and plead before the court to release her again,” he said.

International Human Rights body Amnesty International India said: “In a disappointing return to old ways, #Manipur govt rearrested #IromSharmila instead of finding a way forward #AFSPA”.

“Instead of rethinking #AFSPA, #Manipur govt shamefully rearrests #IromSharmila. This farce must end”, reads another tweet by Amnesty International India (@aiindia).

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Amritsar, Punjab (August 22, 2014): Dal Khalsa today termed the stalling of film ‘Kaum de heere’ as first onslaught of “Modi Sarkar” on Sikhs.

Party spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said the decision to bar the film by Home Ministry (HM) is based on flimsy ground. “The film is based on history and facts. We can’t change the history nor can we run away from the facts”. He asked the HM to withdraw its illegal ban as it has hurt the Sikh sentiments.

Kaum De Heere to be released on August 22

Kaum De Heere to be released on August 22

Lambasting the BJP and the Congressmen for raising hue and cry on the film, Kanwarpal Singh said they have no business to interfere in Sikh affairs. ‘It’s for the Sikhs to decide who is their community’s (quam) hero and Akal Takht articulating the collective aspirations of the Sikhs have declared the three (Beant Singh, Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh) as their heroes and martyrs.

Rubbishing all talks and claims by certain quarters that the film would disturb the communal harmony, he said bonds of Punjabi’s are not so weak and fragile that any film could trigger unrest amongst them.

He urged the Director of the film to wait for few days and in case the government sticks to its illogical stand, then he should distribute DVD’s of the film within Sikh circles and that their cadre would screen the film in villages, towns and cities on their own.

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New Delhi, India (August 22, 2014): According to information a Delhi based Indian court acquitted another accused in a November 1984 Delhi Sikh massacre related case in which a Hindu mob had set afire a Sikh Gurdwara leading to the death of three people. The could held that the CBI has a “very, very weak case” as it has failed to prove accused’s presence on the spot of crime. Investigation against senior Congress leader Jagdish Tytler is still pending in this case.

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Sikhs were subjected to genocidal violence in India during first week of November 1984 after assassination of Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984. The genocidal massacres of Sikhs were conducted with participation of the ruling Congress party and other state organs such as police and administration. Only a few persons were acutally charges in Indian court for their participation in this mass crime but most of them have been acquitted by Indian courts citing one reason or the other.

In present case a mob of over a thousand people had set afire Gurdwara Pulbangash in north Delhi. They had killed three Sikhs namely, S. Thakur Singh, Badal Singh and Gurcharan Singh.

According to media reports Additional Sessions Judge Sanjay Bansal acquitted Suresh Kumar alias Panewala of various charges dealing with murder, rioting, damaging a place of worship with an intent to insult the religion of any class of persons and mischief by fire.

“It must be held that the prosecution has a very, very weak case. It has not proved the charge beyond reasonable doubt against the accused. It has failed to establish presence of the accused at the spot at the time of commission of the offences,” the court said in an order delivered on Wednesday but released on Thursday.

It may be recalled that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has already granted “clean chit” to Jagdish Tytler in this case saying that the investigation agency did not find any material against Jagdish Tytler. The CBI also submitted a closure report in this case requesting the court to close the case against Jagdish Tytler.

However, in April 2013 the court set aside the closure report and ordered further investigation into the matter concerning him.

While, the investigations against Jagdish Tytler are still pending, his co-accused was today acquitted by the trial court.

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Wall Street Journal (blog)
India's Government Blocks Release of Film About Sikh Assassins Who Killed
Wall Street Journal (blog)
India's government has blocked the release of a film about the Sikh assassins who killed the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984, saying it could pose a threat to law and order. Theaters across northern India and select cities elsewhere were set
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Toronto, Canada (August 22, 2014): The World Sikh Organization of Canada has expressed disappointment over the recent decision of Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to not provide an exemption from helmet requirements for Sikh motorcyclists in the province.

WSO Ontario Vice President Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria said today, “Sikhs in Ontario have been calling for a helmet exemption for turbaned Sikh motorcyclists for several years now.

The wearing of the turban is an essential part of the Sikh identity and is a public demonstration of the Sikh values of equality and spirituality. Exemptions for Sikhs who maintain unshorn hair and habitually wear the turban have been successfully implemented in other provinces in Canada and across the world including the United Kingdom, India and elsewhere.

Carving out a narrow exception for Sikh motorcyclists would not compromise the objective of ensuring the reasonable safety of motorcyclists. We would note that exemptions for turbaned Sikh motorcyclists in British Columbia, Manitoba and elsewhere have had no actual impact on road safety or resulted in any significant additional costs. Without any evidence to the contrary, it is difficult to justify why a similar exemption cannot be provided in Ontario. We would encourage Premier Wynne to reconsider her decision.”

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Bathinda/Patiala (August 22, 2013): Polling for byelection of two Punjab assembly seats was held yesterday (Agusut 21). 60% Polling turnout was recorded at Pataila while the figure touched 80% in Talwandi Sabo constituency.

Except few minor altercations polling in Patiala remained largely peaceful while Talwandi Sabo witnessed an incident of firing in the afternoon followed by a clash between Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) supporters at Rama Mandi polling booth (IV) in Talwandi Sabo constituency in Bathinda district.

Badal Dal and Congress party supporters clash at Rama Mandi in Talwandi Sabo on August 21

Badal Dal and Congress party supporters clash at Rama Mandi in Talwandi Sabo on August 21

According to an English vernacular, The Tribune (TT), the police detained a Congress sarpanch at Dunewala village for more than two hours following an altercation with Badal Dal workers over booth capturing.

“SAD workers fired in air in the presence of Congress candidate Harminder Singh Jassi. Onlookers said that five to eight shots were fired. Congress workers reportedly retaliated and fired in the air. However, there were no reports of injury to anyone. Two youngsters are reported to have sustained injuries in a stone pelting” TT report reads.

Polling was immediately stopped at polling booths (Polling station 38-40, 41-42) of ward No 4 at Rama Mandi amidst heavy deployment of police force.

The Congress has lodged a complaint of bogus voting for 45 minutes before 9 am at booth No 107 of Khalsa School building in “Talwandi Sabo city.

Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Prof. Baljinder Kaur expressed dissatisfaction over the security arrangements for the bypolls.

While talking to Sikh Siyasat News (SSN) over phone she said that there were blatant violation of election norms, particularly in Talwandi Sabo and Rama Mandi.

She said that the security personnel helped the ruling party in casting bogus votes.

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New Delhi, India (August 22, 2014): Much awaited Punjabi movie Kaum De Heere could not get released today as the Indian government yesterday imposed last minute ban on début movie of Punjabi lyricist-turned singer -cum actor Raj Kakra.

The movie Kaum De Heere is said to be based of events related to assassination of former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi. According to Ravinder Ravi, the writer cum director of the movie, Kaum De Heere is based on real life events and true story of Bhai Beant Singh, Bhai Satwant Singh and Bhai Kehar Singh. Former duo had assassinated the then Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi on October 31, 1984 while Bhai Kehar Singh was convicted and sentenced to death for motivating Bhai Beant Singh to sacrifice his life to punish Indira Gandhi, who had launched bloody army attack against the Sikh nation in June 1984.

Punjabi Movie Kaum De Heere Banned again in India

Punjabi Movie Kaum De Heere Banned again in India

The movie was earlier banned by CBFC back in January this year, after which it was released in other parts of the world on March 14. Kaum De Heere was cleared by CBFC after the makers of the movie made some changes in it. It was set for release today (i.e. August 22, 2014).

The decision to impose ban was jointly taken by Information and Broadcasting Ministery (I&BM), Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) and the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) after watching a special screening of the movie.

CBFC chairperson Leela Samson said that after watching the movie they (allegedly) realized that this movie may lead to law and order problem, as the assassins of former Indian Prime Minister have been ‘glorified’ as heroes in this movie.

It is notable that Hindutva bodies like Bhartiya Janta Party and Shiv Sena were demanding ban on the movie along of Punjab Youth Congress.

Earlier in 2012-13, a Punjabi movie Sadda Haq was banned in northern parts of India. The state governments of Punjab, Jammu and Kahsmir, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi had taken a plea that the movie may lead to law and order problems as it was based on events related to assassination of former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh. Threat of so-called communal harmony was yet another plea.

Sadda Haq movie was screen in these states after it was cleared by the Supreme Court of India. The peaceful screening of Sadda Haq had made it evident that there was no real apprehension or threat of violence and the pleas was taken by the state governments just to keep the moive out of public domain.

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Imphal, Manipur (August 22, 2014): As per recent information the police has again arrested human rights activist Irom Chanu Sharmila, who has been on fast seeking revocation of draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and was released from Jail just two days back after she was acquitted by a trial court.

She was previously arrested on the charges of attempt to commit suicide and was kept in jail for more than a year, where she was force fed by rice-tube.

As per recent reports the Imphal police re-arrested Irom Chanu Sharmila on Friday, the 22 August.

Irom Chanu Sharmila - the Iron Lady of Manipur [File Photo]

Irom Chanu Sharmila – the Iron Lady of Manipur [File Photo]

Regarded as the Iron Lady of Manipur, Irom Sharmila was continuing her struggle and fast after being released from jail and the Police arrested her from a protest venue in Imphal.

Irom Sharmila has been on a prolonged hunger strike for over 14 years, demanding the repeal of theArmed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA). She was arrested by the Manipur police shortly after she began her hunger strike on November 2, 2000 and charged with attempting to commit suicide – a criminal offence under Indian law. In March 2013, a Delhi court also charged Sharmila with attempting to commit suicide in October 2006, when she staged a protest in Delhi for two days.

Sharmila is being detained in the security ward of a hospital in Imphal, Manipur, where she is force-fed a diet of liquids through her nose. She has never been convicted for attempting to commit suicide. However, as the offence is punishable with imprisonment for up to one year, she has been regularly released after completing a year in judicial custody, only to be re-arrested shortly after as she continues her fast.

Last year, over 18,000 people from across India supported an Amnesty International India campaign calling for the unconditional release of Sharmila. India’s National Human Rights Commission also acknowledged that she was a ‘Prisoner of Conscience’ who was being detained solely for the peaceful expression of her beliefs and called for the removal of restrictions imposed on access to her.

Speaking to Amnesty International India in September 2013, Sharmila, inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s philosophy of non-violence, said: “My struggle is my message. I love my life very much and want to have the freedom to meet people and struggle for issues close to my heart.”

In February 2012, the Supreme Court of India observed in its ruling in the Ram Lila Maidan Incident versus Home Secretary, Union of India and Others case that a hunger strike is “a form of protest which has been accepted, both historically and legally in our constitutional jurisprudence.” The British Medical Association, in a briefing to the World Medical Association, has clarified that, “[a] hunger strike is not equivalent to suicide. Individuals who embark on hunger strikes aim to achieve goals important to them but generally hope and intend to survive.” This position is embodied by the World Medical Association in its Malta Declaration on Hunger Strikers.

The AFSPA, which has been in force in parts of North-eastern India since 1958, and a virtually identical law in force in Jammu and Kashmir since 1990, provides sweeping powers to soldiers, including the power to shoot to kill in certain situations and to arrest people without warrants. The Act also provides virtual immunity from prosecution for security personnel, by mandating prior permission from the central government, which is almost never granted.

The AFSPA falls short of international human rights standards, including provisions of treaties to which India is a state party; and is inconsistent with India’s international legal obligations to respect and protect the right to life, liberty and security of person, to freedom from torture and other ill-treatment, and to an effective remedy.

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Minority rights: Sikh workers of PTI disillusioned by party leadership
The Express Tribune
ISLAMABAD: The attitude of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leadership and its chairperson's speeches have disappointed party workers belonging to the Sikh community. A large number of Sikh workers participating in the sit-in hailing from Swat and Buner …

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Minority rights: Sikh workers of PTI disillusioned by party leadership
The Express Tribune
ISLAMABAD: The attitude of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leadership and its chairperson's speeches have disappointed party workers belonging to the Sikh community. A large number of Sikh workers participating in the sit-in hailing from Swat and Buner …

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Times of India
Turban row: Officials ask Sikh player to play without patka at Fiba Asia U-18
Times of India
In a late night encounter on Tuesday, the lone Sikh player representing India – Anmol Singh – was asked to remove his patka while the team was warming up for their opening clash against hosts Qatar on Day 1 of the 23rd Fiba Asia U-18 Championship.
Basketball federation fumes after another Sikh player asked to remove turbanIBNLive
Sikh basketball players gain congressional support to lift ban on turbansAl Jazeera America
US Lawmakers Urge International Basketball Federation to End Ban on Sikh NDTVSports.com

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