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Major Singh who is believed to have been one of the longest serving Sikh political prisoners, serving in total twenty three years and one month in jail despite being totally innocent. SOPW have been supporting Bhai Major Singh since he first came to our attention in 2009. We would like to thank those who also contributed in securing the release including Ex-Jathedar Jasbir Singh Rode, Bhai Parmjit Singh Dhadhi, Bhai Rajinderpal singh (R.P Singh) Adv Jaspal Singh Manjhpur and many others.

Our team spoke to Major Singh after he was released and true to his personality along with thanking the Sangat who have helped secure his release he appealed to the Sangat world-wide to please now focus on the other Sikhs that are still languishing in jails and ensure that they too are freed without any further delay.

It is without doubt that Major Singh has made an enormous sacrifice in honour of Sikhi but in all the time we have known him he has never allowed himself to become bitter or resentful he has remained humble and endured his sacrifice graciously and as a consequence he has needless to say won the hearts of all those that have ever come to know of him.

Arrested in 1990 he was taken to a police station in Bareilly U.P where he was interrogated, severely tortured then thrown into Bareilly prison at the age of just fourteen as a suspected terrorist.

Bhai Major Singh’s family have all also sacrificed hugely for the Panth, his father Gurmej Singh (85) was first arrested in 1979 he was beaten tortured for ten days before being released; he was then rearrested May 1990 and imprisoned till 1996. Mamma Ji (Uncle) Varayaam Singh (70) has been confined in Central Jail Bareilly since May 1990. Dhadha Ji (Grandfather). Bhai Wasan Singh arrested in May 1990 he subsequently died in 1997 whilst in prison at the age of 97, from tuberculosis. Chacha Ji (Uncle) Ajit Singh arrested in 2008; spent six months in jail, he is currently on bail, the trial is on-going. Chacha Ji (Uncle) Balbinder Singh arrested at the age of 32 in May 1990, he endured ten days of police torture whilst in custody only then to be released and killed in a false police encounter in 1993.

SOPW will now be focusing on Major Singhs mamma ji Varayaam Singh’s release he too has been in prison for twenty three years. SOPW are eternally grateful to the Sangat who take the time to read and learn about the injustices against Sikhs and support us in providing legal, medical and family support for those Sikhs that are framed in false police cases and thrown into prisons. Bhai Major Singh was only a child when he was subjected to more physical and mental suffering than most will fortunately endure in a whole life time but he would not today be a free man without your support and encouragement.

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