Bhagta (Bhagta Bhai Ka)

8 documented cases implicating security forces based in Bhagta (Bhagta Bhai Ka):


Bathinda District

Rampura Phul Subdistrict
Dhola Singh Male, age 17-18 at time of extrajudicial execution, Maluka
Gurmail Singh Male, age 22-23 at time of disappearance, Bhagta
Harbans Singh Male, age 35-40 at time of extrajudicial execution, Bhagta
Jagdev Singh Male, age 22-23 at time of disappearance, Bhagta
Jarnail Singh Male, age 30-31 at time of disappearance, Burj Ladha Singhwala
Sukhmander Singh Male, age 34 at time of extrajudicial execution, Maluka

Faridkot District

Jaitu Subdistrict
Jagseer Singh Male, age 18 at time of disappearance, Sarawan

Moga District

Moga Subdistrict
Balwant Singh Male, age 22-23 at time of extrajudicial execution, Takhanwad

Key statistics of cases implicating security forces based in Bhagta (Bhagta Bhai Ka):

Victim Demographics 

Gender

100.0% Male 8
 
 
0.0% Female 0

Marital status

62.5% Not married 5
 
 
37.5% Married 3

If married, did the victim have children?

37.5% Yes 3
 


Total children surviving victims: 11


Religion

100.0% Sikh 8
 

Caste

50.0% Jat 4
 
 
50.0% Non-Jat 4

Age

62.5% 18-33 5
 
25.0% 34-49 2
 

Education

37.5% No education 3
 
12.5% Primary school 1
 
25.0% Middle school 2
 
25.0% High school 2
 

Employment

50.0% Farmer/agriculture 4
 
37.5% Day labourer 3
 
25.0% Other 2
 

Urban / Rural

100.0% Rural 8
 
 
0.0% Urban 0

Abduction, Detention, & Torture 

Prior detentions

37.5% Yes 3
 
 
62.5% No 5

Prior torture

25.0% Yes 2
 
 
12.5% No 1

Abduction preceding enforced disappearance/extrajudicial execution

100.0% Yes 8
 
 
0.0% No 0

Security officials informed witnesses where they were taking the victim

37.5% Yes 3
 
 
62.5% No 5

Witnesses to abduction

100.0% Yes 8
 

Victim abduction location

62.5% Victim’s residence 5
 
25.0% Village fields 2
 
12.5% Other 1
 

Detention facility type

Data forthcoming


Preceding detention location known

100.0% Yes 8
 
 
0.0% No 0

Witnesses to detention preceding enforced disappearance/extrajudicial execution

Data forthcoming


Security official response to victim status

25.0% Gave no response 2
 
12.5% Victim had escaped 1
 
12.5% Denied involvement 1
 
12.5% Told family to go to another police station 1
 

Victim presented before judge/magistrate

0.0% Yes 0
 
 
100.0% No 8

Enforced Disappearances vs. Extrajudicial Executions 

Classification

50.0% Extrajudicial executions 4
 
 
50.0% Enforced disappearances 4

Number of victims per family

100.0% 1 victim 8
 

Related incidents

0.0% Genuine encounters in family 0
 
 
100.0% No genuine encounters in family 8

Body Disposal 

Body disposal by security forces

12.5% Cremated the body 1
 

Security forces returned body

0.0% Yes 0
 
0.0% Yes, but forced immediate cremation 0
 
50.0% No 4
 

Condition of corpse, if known


Security Forces Implicated 

Names of involved security officials known

87.5% Yes 7
 
 
12.5% No 1

Security forces uniformed

100.0% Yes 8
 
 
0.0% No 0

Type(s) of security forces involved in abduction

100.0% Punjab Police 8
 
12.5% CRPF 1
 

Type(s) of security forces involved in extrajudicial execution

50.0% Punjab police 4
 

Militancy Involvement 

Combatant status

25.0% Combatant 2
 
 
75.0% Non-combatant 6

Non-combatant, provided support to militants

12.5% Yes 1
 
 
62.5% No 5

If provided support, support was voluntary

0.0% Yes 0
 
 
12.5% No 1

Remedies & Impact 

Approached court or commission

12.5% Yes 1
 
 
87.5% No 7

Approached security officials

62.5% Yes 5
 
 
37.5% No 3

Reason the family did not pursue any kind of action

62.5% Afraid of retaliation 5
 
50.0% Didn’t know what to do 4
 
37.5% Couldn’t afford 3
 

Remedies desired from government

87.5% Employment 7
 
62.5% Truth commission 5
 
62.5% Monetary compensation to family 5
 
50.0% Investigations into abuses 4
 
37.5% Public acknowledgement of wrongful deaths 3
 
25.0% Criminal sanctions against those responsible 2
 

Year & District 

District

75.0% Bathinda 6
 
12.5% Faridkot 1
 
12.5% Moga 1
 

Year

0.0% 1981 0
 
0.0% 1982 0
 
0.0% 1983 0
 
0.0% 1984 0
 
0.0% 1985 0
 
0.0% 1986 0
 
12.5% 1987 1
 
0.0% 1988 0
 
0.0% 1989 0
 
0.0% 1990 0
 
0.0% 1991 0
 
37.5% 1992 3
 
12.5% 1993 1
 
0.0% 1994 0
 
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
 
37.5% Date Unknown 3
 

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