Massive public rallies, by the three million strong Diaspora Sikhs, continue in support of Freedom Fighter Sardar Balwant Singh, in San Francisco, Washington DC, Seatle, New York, Ottawa, Vancouver, London, Brussels, Geneva, Frankfurt, Canberra Nankana Sahib Pakistan and other cities of the world
Freedom fighter Sardar Balwant Singh Rajoana. under sentence of death, ridicules Badal’s ‘forked tongue’ special statement, issued last Monday in the Punjab state assembly, to seek clemency from India’s President/Prime minister
Washington D.C. Wednesday March 28, 2012: Sikh Freedom fighter Sardar Balwant Singh Rajoana, (whose defiance, courage, and dedication to the Khalistani cause, under the shadow of a death sentence, has touched the hearts of millions of admiring Sikhs all over the world, who have come out in his support by the thousands in public rallies held in Washington D.C., San Francisco, Seatle, Vancouver, Ottawa, London, Frankfurt, Geneva, Brussels, Sydney, Nankana Sahib Pakistan and other cities) has curtly and bluntly responded to the special ‘wishy washy’ statement issued, last Monday, by Punjab Chief minister, Parkash Singh Badal, in the Punjab state assembly, “on the Balwant Singh Rajoana ‘hanging’ issue”.
The special statement, in the Punjab state assembly, released by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had claimed that, there were various legal and technical impediments for the ‘hanging’ of Sardar Balwant Singh Rajoana on the soil of Punjab. Sardar Balwant Singh is currently incarcerated in a Patiala jail, waiting to be hanged on Saturday, March 31, 2012, as per the ruling of a prejudiced Chandigarh ‘Kangaroo’ court, in punishment for his involvement in the 1995 assassination of the then Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh, an illiterate criminal and a ‘Quizling’, who deserved to be punished for ordering the murder (in cahoots with Police chief K.P.S. Gill) of thousands of innocent Sikh men, women and children during the Punjab insurgency in the 1990’s. Badal has suggested that he plans to call upon President Pratibha Patil and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to seek clemency for Sardar Balwant Singh Rajoana.
In a quick and angry response to the Badal statement, the brave Khalistani Freedom fighter, Sardar Balwant Singh Rajoana, has made it clear (as per a report in the Tribune newspaper: > http:// www.tribuneindia.com/2012/20120327/punjab.htm#2 <) that he does not want anybody to beg for clemency on his behalf as “he wants to get hanged as per the Chandigarh court’s order.” In a letter addressed to the Jathedar of Akal Takht Sahib, (delivered through Sardar Balwant Singh’s sister Ms. Kamaldeep Kaur, following their meeting at the Patiala Central Jail) Sardar Balwant Singh Rajoana has clarified that there was no need to seek clemency for him. He wrote that, “I have fought for my rights all through my life. I do not want to give away my principles for anyone”. Criticizing politicians, like the Akalis, Sardar Balwant Singh Rajoana wrote that, “he neither trusts them (Akalis) nor believes them as they have failed to get justice from the rulers in New Delhi for the June 1984 attack on the Durbar Sahib, Amritsar or the state-supervised pogrom in November 1984, in which over ten thousand innocent Sikh men, wimen and children were murdered all over India but mainly in Delhi the capital city. These leaders were mum till date and suddenly they are speaking for my clemency. All know how they have made money and what their reality is”. In the letter he sarcastically suggests that, “the Akalis should give away their blue turbans and instead don khaki turbans (a la the neo- fascist RSS) for failing to get justice from New Delhi time and again”. Badal’s assembly statement claimed that the Punjab state government was taking all possible legal and constitutional measures to secure clemency for Balwant Singh Rajoana. Badal’s statement had also said that the government had received a copy of the mercy appeal sent by the SGPC to the President of India.
Khalistani freedom fighter, Sardar Balwant Singh Rajoana, also refused to accept any sympathy from the right wing BJP, or from Capt. Amarinder Singh or from late CM Beant Singh’s family members. Balwant Singh wrote in the above mentioned letter that, “Asking for mercy from any of them is not even in my distant dreams.” Earlier, Badal said in the assembly that the state government was taking all possible legal and constitutional measures to secure clemency for Sardar Balwant Singh Rajoana.
The time line in the case against Sardar Balwant Singh Rajoana is as follows:- July 31, 2007 when a special court awards death sentence to Balwant Singh Rajoana and Jagtar Hawara. On March 13, 2012 the court of Additional District and Sessions judge, in Chandigarh issues execution warrants for Rajoana’s hanging; which are sent to Patiala jail where Sardar Balwant Singh is incarcerated. On March 16, 2012, the warrants are returned by the Patiala jail stating inability on the part of the Jails Department to hang Singh Rajoana. On March 20, 2012, the court re-sends the warrants to Patiala jail to hang Balwant Singh Rajoana on March 31, 2012. In a setback to the Punjab government, the Chandigarh court on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, again returned the warrant of death to Patiala Jail for hanging Balwant Singh Rajoana, in the Beant Singh assassination case on March 31, 2012. The Chandigarh court also issued notice to Superintendent of Punjab Jails for contempt of court. Meanwhile, the Union Law Minister, Salman Khurshid, is reported to have said in New Delhi, on last Monday, that neither the central government nor Punjab government could stay outside the system. Khurshid is also reported to have said that it was up to the Supreme Court to decide on the matter as there are many precedents where the apex court has commuted the sentences. The Law minister also pointed out that the President of India has also granted clemency in a few cases, over the years.
In the latest development, media reports say that ‘the Punjab state government suffered a setback when the Chandigarh court on Tuesday returned the orders to Patiala jail regarding ‘death warrant’ ordering the hanging of Balwant Singh Rajoana, on March 31, 2012, convicted in the Beant Singh assassination case. The Chandigarh court has also issued notice to the Superintendent of Jails, Punjab, for contempt of court. The Union Law Minister, Salman Khurshid, is also reported to have said in New Delhi, last Monday, ‘that neither central nor the Punjab government could go outside the system’. He said that all parties have to work as per the system. However he added that it was up to the Supreme Court to do everything and anything in the matter.
Law minister Khurshid also said that in several major judgments, the apex court has commuted the sentences. “Besides this, the President of India has also granted clemency in a few cases!
In another development,Akal Takhat Sahib Jathedar has directed Sikhs to oppose the decision to hang Sardar Balwant Singh Rajoana, and under the light of this general guideline a joint committee has chalked out follow up programs of three mass level marches from three Takhat Sahibs situated in Punjab, to Patiala on March 29, 2012, and said that Dharnas willl also take place at Patiala on 30 and 31 March, 2012. According to Indian media reports, “Joint Committee leaders have issued an appeal to the masses of Punjab to support this movement to prevent hanging of Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana. Meanwhile, security has been beefed up across Indian occupied Punjab with armed police taking out flag marches in different parts of the state including Ludhiana, Moga, Jalandhar, Patiala and some other areas. District police heads have been directed by Punjab DGP Sumedh Singh Saini to keep close vigil and take all necessary steps to ensure the maintaining of law and order. Chief Minister of Punjab Parkash Singh Badal and deputy chief minister, Sukhbir Singh Badal have also appealed to the people of Punjab state to maintain peace and harmony.
The six million dollar question is, ‘what kind of role will India’s Sikh Prime minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, play to save the life of a determined Sardar Balwant Singh. Will he see to it that, that young man, who has already spent more than a decade in jail, is released unconditionally from the infamous Patiala jail so that he can live from now on as free as a bird.