Judicial inquiry ordered into Bhai Mintu’s suspicious death in Jail; Inmates go on hunger protest

PATIALA, Punjab—A judicial inquiry was ordered by the state government of Punjab on April 19 into allegedly suspicious death of political Sikh prisoner Bhai Harminder Singh Mintu on April 18 in Patiala jail. The move came under pressure built up by the Sikh prisoners of eight jails by initiating a hunger strike in protest of depriving Bhai Mintu from basic medical facilities.

Sharing the development with Sikh24, Sikh activist Bhai Papalpreet Singh informed that the judicial panel recorded statements of Bhai Mintu’s mother Gurdev Kaur on April 19. He added that the statement of Bhai Mintu’s brother was also recorded by the judicial panel.

Bhai Papalpreet Singh further informed Bhai Mintu’s mother Gurdev Kaur has informed that she met Bhai Mintu in a Court appearance in Ludhiana about two weeks ago. “Mata Gurdev Kaur has told the Commission that her son, Harminder Singh Mintu, had apprised her about Patiala jail authorities biased behavior towards him in depriving basic medical facilities,” he added.

Meanwhile, Advocate Jaspal Singh Manjhpur has said that Bhai Harminder Singh Mintu has been killed under state conspiracy. He has said that jail warden’s ignorance towards Jail doctor’s recommendation to get Bhai Mintu examined from PGI, Chandigarh tells a lot about state conspiracy to kill Bhai Mintu.