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Welcome to the Sikh Vichar Manch-Thought Provoking Forum for Justice


An Open Letter to Hon’ble President A P J Abdul Kalam, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh And Smt Sonia Gandhi, Chairperson of United Progressive Alliance-Present Ruling Group i.e. Government of India


Most respectfully, you are known powerful individuals in power for liberal and progressive thinking not like your predecessors and other leadership presently available in India leaving some exceptions as Mr. Som Nath Chatterjee, Speaker of Lok Sabha, Sardar Simranjit Singh Mann etc. if Sikh Vichar Manch is not wrong to say so.  

You all are well aware of that minorities faced injustice though the Manch shall specifically pointed injustice meted out to the Sikhs in the past and continuing so till date without any check, justice and the criminals in uniform or in the shape of agents and double agents are being patronized by Indian government agencies. 

You know, if at all any inquiry is ordered and investigation is made by the Hon’ble Courts, National Human Rights Commission etc or at their instance (though those are not so Hon’ble due to the bindings on their independent functioning and decision making checks of legislature, executive and other corrupt considerations and offerings) that is finally thrown in dust-bin without any action and justice or a mere eye wash action taken as was the practice in this independent India. For example: the Manch requests to pay attention to the writings displayed on website 

Can your honour as a team change this practice? But no change is

evident in this practice till date. 

No-doubt by ruthless killings of Sikhs in Punjab and else where in India, your predecessors in power were successful in projecting dummy leadership for Sikhs in order to ignore their just demands directly related to their ‘Sovereign Identity and Rights’ but Sikhs may never forget their past and injustice done to them. Please do something in this direction in order to bring peace in this Sub-continent and for justice to Sikhs.

Here is a ‘test case i.e. murder of Bhai Gurdev Singh Kaunke’ for showing your true/genuine intentions in the direction to give justice. No further inquiry is required in this case as truth has already been surfaced regarding the ‘murder Bhai Gurdev Singh Kaunke’. In support of this, the Manch quotes the reports of Addl. Director General of Police Mr. BP Tiwari and of NGO whereby true facts, rather confessions proving the murder of Bhai Gurdev Singh Kaunke are with government of State of Punjab.

What else is required, in view of the acquired irrefutable evidence as three committee members were able to secretly tape record their conversation with a senior superintendent of police, which disclosed how Bhai Gurdev Singh Kaunke was actually killed under torture.    

In case of any doubt the activists who recorded the statements and written the facts in the book, “REDUCED TO ASHES- The Insurgency and Human Rights in Punjab” can be summoned for verifying the facts with tapes mentioned therein for providing justice in this case.

The report is available online at: 

The Manch likes to quote the related portion from the book at page 107-108 as under:

Impunity by all means: Rights and the dead-ends of law 107
Gurdev Singh Kaunke

An example of the mindless monstrosity, which K. P. S. Gill’s hard-line eventually

became, follows:

In May 1998, the Committee for Coordination on Disappearances in Punjab (CCDP) investigated the enforced disappearance of Gurdev Singh Kaunke, former acting head priest of the Akal Takht, following his 25 December 1992 arrest from his home in Kaunke village under Jagraon subdivision of Ludhiana district. The police authorities later claimed that Gurdev Singh Kaunke escaped from their custody on 2 January 1993. The claim was widely condemned as false. Prakash Singh Badal, then leader of the Akali Dal who became the chief minister of Punjab in early 1997, publicly accused the Congress government of the state of masterminding Kaunke’s abduction and disappearance, and demanded a high powered judicial inquiry. Badal was arrested while attempting to visit the bereaved family of Gurdev Singh Kaunke at their village on 5 January 1992. 

The CCDP was able to acquire conclusive evidence to show that Gurdev Singh was inhumanly tortured first at the Sadar police station of Jagraon and then at the Criminal Investigation Agency (CIA) interrogation center from 25 December 1992 to 1 January 1993. The Committee also acquired irrefutable evidence to establish that the former head priest was killed under torture.  

On 5 June 1998, a delegation of the committee members met chief minister Prakash Singh Badal to acquaint him with its findings and to demand the registration of a case, an independent official investigation and prosecution of the culprits. The delegation included former Supreme Court judge Kuldip Singh. The chief minister directed an official inquiry to be conducted by B. P. Tiwari, additional director general of police, Punjab. 

 Police Quotas for Murders: Interview with an SSP

In the course of investigating the case of Gurdev Singh Kaunke, three committee members were able to secretly tape record their conversation with a senior superintendent of police, which disclosed how Gurdev Singh was actually killed under torture. The interview also revealed the banal world of torture and murder that, in the name of counter-insurgency, had become a routine for a set of police officers to obtain good, powerful positions. We are not releasing the full transcript of the discussion out of respect for an honest officer who risked his career in telling us the truth. The SSP told us the following about what used to happen in the days before the SSP’s periodic meetings with DGP K.P.S. Gill: “You can check that up! Before such a meeting with Gill, 300 to 400 Sikhs used to die in Punjab. Every SSP had to report: I have killed 14. The other who said I have killed 28 was appreciated more.  The third SSP who had to outsmart the first two had to report 31. The night before the meeting with Gill, the Sikhs used to die so that the SSPs could vie with each other in showing their anti-terrorist achievements.” The B. P. Tiwari Inquiry Committee submitted its report to the government in the first week of May 1999. But the government chose to withhold the report from the public and took no action on its recommendations. In April 2002, Simranjit Singh Mann moved the High Court of Punjab and Haryana for directions to the state of Punjab to make the report public.

The high court issued notice, and the state government demanded two months’ time to examine the report. In the end, the state government declined to produce the report and the high court ordered another investigation, which is still pending. These pending inquiries belong to the Kafkaesque bureaucracy of denial, diversion and cover-up, and seem to be stock-in-trade of the politics of impunity in India. Upendra Baxi’s following words sum up the reality: “Management of organized political violence requires multifarious use of the ‘law’ as a sustained device of cover-up strategies and operations. What actually happened ought never to be allowed to achieve juridical verification. Judicial commissions of enquiry must be so constituted as to serve as weapons of political warfare; if at all these establish prima facie facts of political violence, they must do so in ways that make rights, redress and rehabilitation almost impossible… Investigative agencies should not have autonomous status that allows them to establish the truth of what happened. If appellate courts, especially the Supreme Court, were to investigate matters in ways profoundly subversive of the operative violent multi-party consensus, all efforts must be made to render futile these occasional adjudicative leadership feats. Politically patronized leaders of the Bar, including Advocate Generals, the Solicitor General, and even the Attorney General of India, should be effectively mobilized to subserve truth-monopolization.

In view of the acquired irrefutable evidence as three committee members were able to secretly tape record their conversation with a senior superintendent of police, which disclosed how Bhai Gurdev Singh Kaunke’ was actually killed under torture and report submitted by Addl. Director General of Police Mr. B P TIWARI, your honorable are requested to order a registration of a criminal case against the police personnel involved so that they must face justice.    

With anticipation 

Sikh Vichar Manch
Through its
Chief & Spokesperson,
Balbir Singh Sooch, Advocate, Ludhiana.

January 1, 2006

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