Bargari Incident: ‘Sikhs for Human Rights’ Appoints Own Commission Headed By Justice Katju

Dharna in Bathinda, Punjab 2015
Dharna in Bathinda, Punjab 2015

CHANDIGARH, Punjab—In a bid to expose the ongoing violations of human rights across the Punjab by the State government, ‘Sikhs for Human Rights’ led by Bhai Harpal Singh Cheema has announced to  set up a commission headed by former Judge of Supreme Court Justice Markanday Katju.

The commission would specifically work upon the violation of human rights committed by the State, while suppressing the upsurge after the Bargari incident. It is notable that two Singhs were killed by the police at Behbal Klan when the Singhs were staging a sit-in-demonstration demanding the arrest of culprits responsible for vandalizing the holy scripture of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji.

Lawyers for Human Rights and Punjab Human Rights Organizations have highly appreciated and extended support for the decision taken by Sikhs for Human Rights.

As per information available from sources, the Commission would hold a sitting from January 21 to 23 at Behbal Klan village like an open Court. The Commission would record the statements of eye-witnesses, victim families and others concerned with the Bargari tragedy. Versions of police and the civil administration would also be demanded by contacting the Home Secretary of the state and Director General of Police.  

The commission appointing bodies have termed the ongoing investigation under the patronage of Justice Zora Singh as an empty front to simply appease the  civilians of Punjab.



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