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Nand Singh is 39 years old and after nearly 19 years of imprisonment we are delighted to announce that he has been released on a temporary parole basis. Nand Singh was just 21 years old when he was arrested and charged under various sections of the now infamous TADA Act.

It is worth noting that under the TADA Act, the law gave wide powers to law enforcement agencies for dealing with terrorist and 'socially disruptive' activities in the following ways: -

• The police were not obliged to produce a detainee before a judicial magistrate within 24 hours.

• The accused person could be detained up to 1 year.

• Confessions made to police officers were admissible as evidence in the court of law, with the burden of proof being on the accused to prove his innocence.

• Courts were set up exclusively to hear the cases and deliver judgments pertaining to the persons accused under this Act.
The Act was widely criticized by human rights organizations as it contained provisions violating human rights. It was scrapped in 1995 but as the Act was in force when Nand Singh was arrested, the criminal proceedings that he had to pass through were still upheld under the TADA Act.

In 2004, Nand Singh alongside 14 others was further implicated in the Beanta Assassination suspects Jail Break case whereby three of the nine accused in the Beant Singh assassination case along with a murder convict escaped from Burail Jail in Chandigarh.

Fast-forward to 2014, 10 years and we are pleased to announce that Nand Singh is now back at his family home with his siblings for a month as both of his parents are now deceased. Thanks to the overwhelming support of You, the Sangat, he can now look forward in hope.

The picture below also depicts their family home, as you can see, Nand Singh’s family are circumstances hard and financing their day-to-day expenses can be a struggle. SOPW will continue to support Nand Singh through our legal aid and welfare process that will oversee all expenses to work towards a permanent release. His case now in the process of being put before a High Court and an application for Premature Release has been submitted. 

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