LONDON, UK—Sikhs in UK have launched campaign to have perpetrators accused of inciting anti Sikh pogroms of 1984 banned from UK in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic games. Recently UK official banned Syrian officials connected with recent genocide which took place in the recent uprising.
UK Sikhs are calling upon all residents to write to MP’s and launch a powerful lobby to have KPS Gill, Jagdish Tytler and Sajjan Kumar all banned from London 2012 Olympic Games.
British citizens can write to MP’s requesting them to support human rights and refuse entry to some of the Indian Olympic Officials team to UK. Below is a sample template letter for your reference which can be sent via www.writetothem.com.
House of Commons,
Dear [INSERT MP NAME]
With news that the Head of the Syrian Olympic Committee has been refused a visa to travel to
London for the 2012 Olympic Games, as he is a member of a regime which is being implicated in
carrying out human rights abuses. On the same grounds, the UK is being urged to also deny entry to
the Son of the King of Bahrain in addition a leading Russian dissident has called for Britain to prevent
senior members of the Russian government suspected of human rights abuses from attending the
Olympics. It is for these reasons we see justification to also bring to your attention Indian human
rights violators, who have been complicit in the human rights abuses of citizens of India.
Mr. Kanwar Pal Singh Gill (KPS Gill) Former Director General of Police of the Indian State of Punjab
and former President of the Indian Hockey Federation
Mr. KPS Gill was head of the Punjab Police force from 1988 – 1995. Human Rights watch reported
that ”Instead of responding within the law, the Punjab police were given free rein to contain the
militancy. Thousands of alleged militants, human rights activists, and ordinary Sikhs in Punjab were
summarily executed by security forces, based on the merest suspicion or, perhaps, not even that.
Most were young men, “disappeared,” never to be seen again. Their bodies were then cremated to
destroy the evidence”.
During this time a Human rights activist Mr Jaswant Singh Khalra was abducted and was never to
be seen again. After a long legal battle, 6 policeman were given life sentences, the key witness in
the case testified that Mr.KPS Gill interrogated Khalra several days prior to Khalra’s murder. His
testimony also indicated that Mr.KPS Gill ordered subordinates to kill Khalra. The attorney of the
Khalra family in November 2011 stated that ” Now the High Court must investigate KPS Gill’s role
in the execution of Jaswant Singh Khalra- three courts have accepted Kuldip Singh’s (key witness)
testimony as credible”. It is noteworthy that in 1996 Olympics of Atlanta USA, the United States civil
aviation industry refused to carry Mr. KPS Gill from New York to his final destination Atlanta Georgia.
Jagdish Tytler – former MP of the Indian Government and current President of Judo Federation of
He was the Indian Union Minister of State for Overseas Indian Affairs, a position he resigned from
after an Indian official commission of inquiry noted the ‘balance of probability’ indicated he was
responsible for inciting and leading murderous mobs against the Sikh community in Delhi during the
1984 Sikh Pogroms. Tytler in 2009 was refused entry to the UK when he was due to be part of an
Indian Delegation to launch the Commonwealth Games baton relay in London. This refusal was again
due to Tytlers involvement in the 1984 massacre of Sikhs in Delhi when he was serving as a junior
Mr. Sajjan Kumar another former MP of the Indian Government is facing prosecution by India’s
Central Bureau of Investigation for his role in the 1984 killing of Sikhs in Delhi, he is from the same
political party that Jagdish Tylter has loyalties to.
Mr. Sumedh Saini a former Senior Superintendent of Police and now serving as Director General of
Police of Punjab is also presently facing prosecution for his role in the extrajudicial killings
of innocent people of Punjab during his time under Mr. KPS Gill.
We welcome your support in refusing entry to the UK of the above mentioned individuals on the
grounds of being human rights violators whose entry would upset the Sikh community of the
United Kingdom on this glorious sporting schedule. As the Olympics are an international event their
presence would indicate an endorsement of their heinous acts by the British Government across the
world for both the Sikh and non-Sikh communities who strive for justice.
We would like to end this email with the words of Rob Marris former MP of Wolverhampton South
West 2001-2010, he stated in his correspondence (which led to the Tytlers refusal to enter Britain)
to the then Foreign Secretary David Milliband regarding Jagdish Tytler’s proposed visit to the UK
in 2009, ”Many survivors of those harrowing events are now living in the UK; as are the relatives of
many victims. It would be unacceptable for someone who had committed such acts to be admitted to
the UK, even to visit,”