Mehta

58 documented cases implicating security forces based in Mehta:


Amritsar District

Ajnala Subdistrict
Balkar Singh Male, age 20-22 at time of extrajudicial execution, Harse Chhina Patti Subazpura
Jasbir Singh Male, age 21-22 at time of extrajudicial execution, Gaurey Nangal
Jaswant Kaur Female, age 18-19 at time of disappearance, Harse Chhina Patti Subazpura
Amritsar I Subdistrict
Harbhajan Singh Male, age 27 at time of extrajudicial execution, Tarphan
Harjit Singh Male, age 23 at time of extrajudicial execution, Kotli Mallian
Lakhwinder Singh Male, age 21 at time of extrajudicial execution, Thathi
Amritsar II Subdistrict
Balwinder Singh Male, age 30-35 at time of extrajudicial execution, Bara Khankot Doburjee
Hardev Singh Male, age 20-22 at time of extrajudicial execution, Warpal
Baba Bakala Subdistrict
Ajit Singh Male, age 30 at time of extrajudicial execution, Tarsikka
Angrej Singh Male, age 22-23 at time of extrajudicial execution, Jalal
Bakhshish Singh Male, age 60-70 at time of extrajudicial execution, Jhamke
Baljeet Singh Male, age 16 at time of extrajudicial execution, Nangli
Balwinder Singh Male, age 22 at time of extrajudicial execution, Sarai
Balwinder Singh Male, age 19-20 at time of extrajudicial execution, Pallah
Bir Singh Male, age 45-50 at time of extrajudicial execution, Mattewal
Dharam Singh Male, age 17-18 at time of disappearance, Jalal
Gurdarshan Singh Male, age 33 at time of extrajudicial execution, Dehriwala
Gurmeet Singh Male, age 25 at time of extrajudicial execution, Tarsikka
Hardyal Singh Male, age 21 at time of extrajudicial execution, Tarsikka
Harjinder Singh Male, age 36 at time of extrajudicial execution, Khabba Rajputan
Jagdish Singh Male, age 20-22 at time of extrajudicial execution, Nangli
Jasbir Singh Male, age 16-18 at time of disappearance, Saidoke
Kulwant Singh Male, age 20 at time of extrajudicial execution, Dhardeo
Lakhwinder Singh Male, age 23 at time of extrajudicial execution, Naraingarh
Malkeet Singh Male, age 22 at time of extrajudicial execution, Tarsikka
Mangal Singh Male, age 25 at time of extrajudicial execution, Arjan Manga
Palwinder Singh Male, age 35 at time of extrajudicial execution, Arjan Manga
Paramjit Singh Male, age 30-35 at time of extrajudicial execution, Uchoke Kalan
Parmjit Singh Male, age 30-35 at time of extrajudicial execution, Uchoke Kalan
Perm Singh Male, age 25-26 at time of extrajudicial execution, Mehta
Ranjit Singh Male, age 18-19 at time of extrajudicial execution, Tarsikka
Ranjit Singh Male, age 30 at time of extrajudicial execution, Chandanke
Ratan Singh Male, age 22-23 at time of extrajudicial execution, Mehsampur Khurd
Ravinderbeer Singh Male, age 24 at time of extrajudicial execution, Kaleke
Sahib Singh Male, age 22 at time of extrajudicial execution, Chuhangh
Sardara Singh Male, age 40 at time of extrajudicial execution, Kaleke
Sukhdev Singh Male, age 18 at time of extrajudicial execution, Bhoewal
Sukhdev Singh Male, age 24 at time of extrajudicial execution, Tarsikka
Tarsem Singh Male, age 21-22 at time of extrajudicial execution, Mattewal
Virsa Singh Male, age 20 at time of extrajudicial execution, Lola
Khadoor Sahib Subdistrict
Hardev Singh Male, age 18-19 at time of extrajudicial execution, Ekal Gadda
Tarn Taran Subdistrict
Dilsher Singh Male, age 26-27 at time of extrajudicial execution, Bala Chak
Kuldip Singh Male, age 28 at time of extrajudicial execution, Kakka Karyala

Faridkot District

Jaitu Subdistrict
Gurcharan Singh Male, age 35 at time of extrajudicial execution, Bish Nandi

Gurdaspur District

Batala Subdistrict
Baldev Singh Male, age 25-26 at time of extrajudicial execution, Kahlwan
Harbinder Singh Male, age 17 at time of extrajudicial execution, Khojala
Kulwant Singh Male, age 22-23 at time of extrajudicial execution, Kokalpur
Lakhwinder Singh Male, age 17-18 at time of extrajudicial execution, Sheikhwan
Lakhwinder Singh Male, age 45 at time of extrajudicial execution, Zahadpur
Narinder Singh Male, age 19-20 at time of extrajudicial execution, Bham
Nirmal Singh Male, age 22 at time of extrajudicial execution, Bolewal
Ranjit Singh Male, age 20-21 at time of extrajudicial execution, Dhaulpur
Raspal Singh Male, age 27 at time of extrajudicial execution, Qila Darshan Singh
Gurdaspur Subdistrict
Bachan Singh Male, age 28 at time of disappearance, Rura Buttar
Gurmeet Singh Male, age 23 at time of extrajudicial execution, Godharpur
Satpal Singh Male, age 20 at time of disappearance, Sidhwan

Jalandhar District

Jalandhar I Subdistrict
Kulwinder Kaur Female, age 36 at time of extrajudicial execution, Jalandhar

Kapurthala District

Kapurthala Subdistrict
Ranjit Singh Male, age 18 at time of extrajudicial execution, Lakhan Kalan

Key statistics of cases implicating security forces based in Mehta:

Victim Demographics 

Gender

96.6% Male 56
 
 
3.4% Female 2

Marital status

56.9% Not married 33
 
 
43.1% Married 25

If married, did the victim have children?

32.8% Yes 19
 
 
6.9% No 4


Total children surviving victims: 40


Religion

100.0% Sikh 58
 

Caste

86.2% Jat 50
 
 
13.8% Non-Jat 8

Age

5.2% 0-17 3
 
77.6% 18-33 45
 
12.1% 34-49 7
 
1.7% 50-64 1
 

Education

10.3% No education 6
 
17.2% Primary school 10
 
20.7% Middle school 12
 
41.4% High school 24
 
6.9% College degree 4
 
1.7% Graduate degree 1
 
1.7% Vocational degree 1
 

Employment

48.3% Farmer/agriculture 28
 
8.6% Day labourer 5
 
8.6% Unemployed 5
 
6.9% Student 4
 
6.9% Driver (bus/truck/car) 4
 
3.4% Shopkeeper 2
 
1.7% Housewife 1
 
25.9% Other 15
 

Urban / Rural

96.6% Rural 56
 
 
3.4% Urban 2

Abduction, Detention, & Torture 

Prior detentions

44.8% Yes 26
 
 
53.4% No 31

Prior torture

39.7% Yes 23
 
 
5.2% No 3

Abduction preceding enforced disappearance/extrajudicial execution

82.8% Yes 48
 
 
17.2% No 10

Security officials informed witnesses where they were taking the victim

26.5% Yes 9
 
 
88.2% No 30

Witnesses to abduction

58.6% Yes 34
 
 
6.9% No 4

Victim abduction location

22.4% Victim’s residence 13
 
13.8% Village fields 8
 
12.1% Friend/relative's residence 7
 
10.3% Roadside 6
 
3.4% Checkpoint (naka) 2
 
3.4% Village drain 2
 
12.1% Other 7
 

Detention facility type

Data forthcoming


Preceding detention location known

58.6% Yes 34
 
 
24.1% No 14

Witnesses to detention preceding enforced disappearance/extrajudicial execution

Data forthcoming


Security official response to victim status

22.4% Other 13
 
12.1% Gave no response 7
 
12.1% Denied involvement 7
 
10.3% Admitted extrajudicial execution with no explanation 6
 
6.9% Killed victim in an “encounter” 4
 
5.2% Told family to go to another police station 3
 
3.4% Admitted custody only 2
 
1.7% Victim accidentally killed in custody 1
 

Victim presented before judge/magistrate

3.4% Yes 2
 
 
46.6% No 27

Enforced Disappearances vs. Extrajudicial Executions 

Classification

91.4% Extrajudicial executions 53
 
 
8.6% Enforced disappearances 5

Number of victims per family

72.4% 1 victim 42
 
22.4% 2 victims 13
 
5.2% 3 victims 3
 

Related incidents

3.4% Genuine encounters in family 2
 
 
96.6% No genuine encounters in family 56

Body Disposal 

Body disposal by security forces

51.7% Cremated the body 30
 
1.7% Dumped body in canal or river 1
 

Security forces returned body

10.3% Yes 6
 
1.7% Yes, but forced immediate cremation 1
 
79.3% No 46
 

Condition of corpse, if known

10.3% Bullet wounds 6
 
5.2% Bruises 3
 
3.4% Broken bones 2
 
3.4% Cuts/wounds 2
 
1.7% Other 1
 
1.7% Missing hair from head or face 1
 

Security Forces Implicated 

Names of involved security officials known

56.9% Yes 33
 
 
27.6% No 16

Security forces uniformed

108.8% Yes 37
 
 
5.9% No 2

Type(s) of security forces involved in abduction

79.3% Punjab Police 46
 
13.8% CRPF 8
 
3.4% Army 2
 
1.7% Black cat 1
 
1.7% BSF 1
 
1.7% Other 1
 

Type(s) of security forces involved in extrajudicial execution

87.9% Punjab police 51
 
6.9% CRPF 4
 
3.4% Army 2
 
1.7% BSF 1
 

Militancy Involvement 

Combatant status

46.6% Combatant 27
 
 
51.7% Non-combatant 30

Non-combatant, provided support to militants

20.7% Yes 12
 
 
29.3% No 17

If provided support, support was voluntary

15.5% Yes 9
 
 
3.4% No 2

Remedies & Impact 

Approached court or commission

56.9% Yes 33
 
 
43.1% No 25

Approached security officials

55.2% Yes 32
 
 
44.8% No 26

Reason the family did not pursue any kind of action

27.6% Afraid of retaliation 16
 
15.5% Didn’t know what to do 9
 
12.1% Believed it would have been ineffective 7
 
5.2% Not applicable 3
 
5.2% Couldn’t afford 3
 

Remedies desired from government

70.7% Monetary compensation to family 41
 
53.4% Truth commission 31
 
44.8% Criminal Sanctions against those responsible 26
 
44.8% Employment 26
 
39.7% Public acknowledgement of wrongful deaths 23
 
31.0% Rehabilitation services to family members 18
 
27.6% Investigations into abuses 16
 
15.5% Memorial for victims 9
 
6.9% Other 4
 
3.4% Desire nothing from government 2
 

Year & District  

District

74.1% Amritsar 43
 
1.7% Faridkot 1
 
20.7% Gurdaspur 12
 
1.7% Jalandhar 1
 
1.7% Kapurthala 1
 

Year

3.4% 1981 2
 
0.0% 1982 0
 
0.0% 1983 0
 
0.0% 1984 0
 
0.0% 1985 0
 
1.7% 1986 1
 
6.9% 1987 4
 
1.7% 1988 1
 
6.9% 1989 4
 
1.7% 1990 1
 
20.7% 1991 12
 
36.2% 1992 21
 
19.0% 1993 11
 
1.7% 1994 1
 
0.0% 1995 0
 
0.0% 1996 0
 
0.0% 1997 0
 
0.0% 1998 0
 
0.0% 1999 0
 
0.0% 2000 0
 
0.0% 2001 0
 
0.0% 2002 0
 
0.0% 2003 0
 
0.0% 2004 0
 
0.0% 2005 0
 
0.0% 2006 0
 
0.0% 2007 0
 
0.0% 2012 0
 

Boundaries based on the 2001 census. Read about our methodology.