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UA 122/92 - India: illegal detention / fear of ill-treatment: Colonel Pratap Singh

, رقم الوثيقة: ASA 20/028/1992

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UA 122/92 Illegal Detention/Fear of Ill-treatment 14 April 1992
INDIA: Colonel Pratap Singh
Amnesty International is concerned at reports that Colonel Pratap Singh, aged
64, of the Movement Against State Repression (MASR), was arrested on 3 April
1992 at 12.15pm at his house in Chandigarh. His arrest was reportedly made
in connection with the formation of a new political party, the Khalsa Raj,
which advocates the creation of an independent Sikh state in Punjab "through
democratic, peaceful and non-violent means". He was produced in court on 4
April and remanded to police custody. He is being held in Bural jail,
Chandigarh. There are reports that he may have been tortured.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
Amnesty International regularly receives reports of "disappearances" and
unacknowledged detention of people arrested in Punjab on suspicion of being
members or sympathizers of one of the Sikh opposition groups advocating a
separate Sikh state, "Khalistan". In some cases the detainees are eventually
found to have died in custody, while others are found to have been deliberately
killed in custody although official reports say they died in "encounters" with
the police. Even though legal safeguards against unacknowledged detention exist
in India's ordinary criminal law and procedural code, they are often simply
not adhered to and prisoners are held in illegal detention for weeks and
sometimes months under special legislation granting the security forces
arbitrary powers to arrest and detain people without ordinary legal safeguards.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/airmail letters:
- expressing concern about the reports that Colonel Pratap Singh was reportedly
arrested on 3 April 1992 by Punjab police for unknown reasons;
- expressing concern at reports that Colonel Pratap Singh may have been
tortured and seeking assurances that he is being humanely treated and is granted
full legal safeguards while in custody;
- urging that he be immediately released if he is not to be charged with a
recognizably criminal offence.
APPEALS TO
1) Beant Singh
Chief Minister of Punjab
Office of the Chief Minister
Chandigarh
Punjab
INDIA
Telegrams: Punjab State Governor, Chandigarh, Punjab, India
Salutation: Dear Chief Minister
Page 2 of UA 122/92
2) Mr K. P. S. Gill
Director General of Police
Police Headquarters
Chandigarh
Punjab
INDIA
Telegrams: Director General Police, Chandigarh, Punjab, India
Salutation: Dear Director General
COPIES OF YOUR APPEALS TO:
Punjab Human Rights Organisation (Regd.)
Head Office
H. No. 22, Sector 2
Chandigarh (U.T.)
Punjab
INDIA
and to diplomatic representatives of India in your country
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 26 May 1992.

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