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On 29 December 1992, the Punjab Police unleashed their terror on 22 year old Sukhdarshan Singh from the village of Gurhey in Ludhiana. Having fought a twenty one year legal battle, yesterday his family finally saw one of the men responsible put behind bars. The other co-accused have since died, during the families lengthy struggle for justice.

Ex DSP Ajit Singh along with SHO Bhag Leeha, DSP Harbhagwan Sodhi and SSP Sawarn Ghotna, forcefully removed Sukhdarshan Singh from his family home and took him to the CIA Staff in Jagraon where he was illegally detained. The Police then proceeded to brutally torture Sukhdarshan, who was a keen sportsman and well known kabaddi player, so much so that it led to his death while still in custody.

Sukhdarshan was the only son of Harcharan Singh and Pritam Kaur. In 1993, Harcharan Singh filed a case in the High Court against the accused for the murder of Sukhdarshan. The family also became victims of state brutality when the Police turned their attention towards them. The abuses committed against Sukhdarshan and his family were highlighted in a special report produced by the International Human Rights Organisation (IHRO).

Finally in 2002, a case was registered under Sections 342 (wrongful confinement), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 304 (death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code. However, Sukhdarshan’s father sadly passed away in 2005 never having seen any form of justice for the murder of his only son. Continuing Harcharan Singh’s tireless efforts, his nephew Jaswant Singh took on the responsibility for the case. Sukhdarshan’s mother Pritam Kaur and Jaswant Singh were pleased that the accused was found guilty, but vowed to appeal to the High Court to change the sentence to life imprisonment. 




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