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SERIOUS ALERT - NIA INVESTIGATES SOPW FOR THE SECOND TIME IN A YEAR 

SOPW are very concerned that the NIA (India's counter terrorism agency) has begun its second investigation of SOPW's operations in India. Today a large NIA team including an SP, DSP, Inspectors and Punjab Police made house enquiries at our senior SOPW members homes and called other team members to their offices for further interviews.

Only last year, the NIA conducted a thorough search with which we cooperated fully. They confiscated laptops, documents and other materials, before concluding that SOPW was working to a high standard - all donations and payments were clearly documented and our method of direct bank transfer was commended.

On a daily basis, SOPW deals with very tough cases and the field in which we work is very demanding and sensitive. We must protect the prisoners and their families. For this reason, we are deeply upset that the NIA is also questioning the families of the prisoners we support and hassling them at a time when their loved one is in prison and they are already struggling to cope.

We are taking this matter very seriously and urge the sangat to do an ardaas for our SOPW team in India and the families of our Sikh political prisoners, who are being unnecessarily harrassed. 

© The Sikh Organisation for Prisoners Welfare 2019