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TRUTH   JUSTICE   FREEDOM

"WE ARE FIGHTING A POLITICAL BATTLE & OUR GOAL IS - FREEDOM BY PUTTING IN PLACE A JUST SYSTEM OF GOVERNANCE..."

"...THE STATE FRAMES US IN FALSE CASES IN AN ATTEMPT TO TURN THIS BATTLE INTO A BLOODY ONE. BUT, WE REMAIN STEADFAST IN OUR GOAL & CONTINUE DOWN THE PATH LAID DOWN BY OUR GURU'S & SHAHEED'S. THE STATE SAYS WE BREACH THE PEACE OF THE LAND - YET OUR BATTLE IS A POLITICAL ONE. LOCKING US IN PRISONS WILL NOT STOP OUR PURSUIT OF JUSTICE, AS OUR GOAL IS NOT FOR PERSONAL GAIN, BUT IN FAVOUR OF THE SIKH PANTH AND ULTIMATELY, VICTORY WILL ALWAYS BE TO THE PANTH! (Quote from Bhai Daljit Singh Bittu & Mandhir Singh upon their acquittal today)

In the Mansa Sessions Court of Judge Raj Kumar Garg, Daljit Singh Bittu, Balbir Singh Bira and Mandhir Singh were among 10 Sikhs to be acquitted in the Lilly Sharma murder case. However, the original 3 suspects who had been deposed in the same case were all given life sentences.

In July 2009 Bali Kumar (brother of Sharma) filed a case against the original 3 suspects who he said were responsible for his brothers killing. Lilly Sharma was a follower of the Dera Sirsa cult. However, a month later the Police claimed Bali Kumar had time to re-think and that he had made a further statement to them saying Daljit Singh Bittu and his associates were also involved in the killing.

This case proved to be unique even by Indian standards. As it progressed the Punjab Police brought in more and more new witnesses to ensure that these Singh's would be well and truly framed. The turning point in the case came when Bali Kumar gave evidence and told the court that he only knows about the 3 original suspects being involved in his brothers killing and that Daljit Singh Bittu and co-accused had nothing to do with it. He claimed he never made a statement to the Police saying that Bittu was involved. One by one the witness testimonies fell apart in Court and ultimately, today these Singh's names have been cleared.

The charges against these Singhs should never have been brought and it should be noted that Daljit Singh Bittu spent two and a half years in prison in relation to this case - a case where the main petitioner never made a statement against Bittu and associates and where the so called witnesses were fake and placed there by the Police.

To date, Daljit Singh Bittu has been acquitted in a total of 29 cases brought against him and has 3 cases for which he is out on bail. Two of the other co-accused in this case, Balbir Singh Bira and Karan Singh have other cases pending against them and so they had to return to their prison cells today. The others were free to go. 

© The Sikh Organisation for Prisoners Welfare 2019