CHANDIGARH, Punjab—The City Council of Burnaby (British Columbia, Canada) has announced to commemorate September 6 as Jaswant Singh Khalra Day. In 1995, the Punjab police had abducted Sardar Jaswant Singh Khalra from his Amritsar based house on September 6.
“Jaswant Singh Khalra was a strong advocate for the democratic and civil rights of the people and a highly respected leader of the Sikh community. Jaswant Singh Khalra died fighting for the human rights and dignity of the Sikhs and others,” reads an announcement signed by Barnaby’s Mare Mike Hurley.
]Burnaby resident Bibi Baljinder Kaur Narang made special efforts for making this happen.
Human rights activist Jaswant Singh Khalra had unearthed the mass level genocide of innocent Sikh youths by publicizing thousands of records in the registers of various crematoriums in Amritsar district (including Tarn Taran). The Punjab police had registered the dead bodies of thousands of innocent Sikh youths as “unidentified” in these registers.
Sardar Jaswant Singh Khalra had anticipated that more than 25,000 dead bodies of innocent Sikh youths were cremated by the Punjab police in Amritsar district alone.
During his visit to Canada, Jaswant Singh Khalra had taken up this issue before the Canadian politicians after which he came under the scanner of the Indian state. He was offered residency in Canada, which he refused so he could continue his work in Punjab.