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8257 Sikhs Disappeared in 2 Decades post Khalistan Movement, Reveals Report Featured

December 17

More than 8257 cases of enforced disappearances and fake encounters with evidences have been found after a 7 year investigation by the Punjab Documentation and Advocacy Project [PDAP].

A Bloody Violence began in Punjab in 70s and 80s during the Khalistan Uprising. Parallel to Operation Blue Star in 1984, ‘Operation Woodrose’ took place in which the  Indian Army attacked at least a 74 Gurdwaras resulting in high casualties at Moga, Mukatsar, Faridkot, Patiala, Ropar and Chowk Mehta areas. The exact number of Sikhs killed is not know but people allege at least 257 people were shot and killed during the storming of just Gurdwara Dukhniwaran Sahib in Patiala.

The PDAP in its detailed report, “Identifying the Unidentified” has put the number of disappearances at 8257 During the 80s and 90s. In nearly three decades started in 1970s Sikhs throughout the Punjab state were brutalized and massacred.

The report presents detailed and verifiable evidence of these systematic killings by the Punjab police and security services, during the period of militancy and counter-insurgency in all of its 22 districts.

 

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“The release of our investigative report is a major step for victims. Its findings will be submitted to the Supreme Court of India to investigate and deliver justice to all victims of disappearances and killings across Punjab beginning with these 8257 cases,” the PDAP said in its press briefing.

The  initial investigations resulted in an Independent People’s Tribunal (IPT) which was held over two days in Amritsar in April, in which a composite panel of retired judiciary, lawyers and activists from across India came together to hear the testimonies of 700 hundred victim families. Kashmir Human Rights, Parveena Ahangar (Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons, Kashmir) was a part of the tribunal.

The report also critically considers the on-going failings by the National Human Rights Commission in the “Punjab Mass Cremations” case based on the work of murdered human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra in 1995, who first exposed and uncovered 2097 mass killings and cremations in three cremation grounds in the district of Amritsar. We continue his work which remains unfinished and presents only a partial picture of the actual number of killings that took place in Punjab.

“Families need to know what happened to their loved ones who disappeared,” a victim family said.

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