Fatehgarh Churian (Berian Wala)

24 documented cases implicating security forces based in Fatehgarh Churian (Berian Wala):


Amritsar District

Ajnala Subdistrict
Balwinder Singh Male, age 36 at time of extrajudicial execution, Shahzada
Charnjit Singh Male, age 22 at time of extrajudicial execution, Madu Chhanga
Jagmohan Singh Male, age 27-28 at time of extrajudicial execution, Machhi Nangal
Sukhbir Singh Male, age 17-18 at time of extrajudicial execution, Kamalpura
Amritsar I Subdistrict
Amarjeet Singh Male, age 29 at time of disappearance, Marari Khurd
Harjit Singh Male, age 19-20 at time of extrajudicial execution, Daburji
Kuldeep Singh Male, age 35 at time of extrajudicial execution, Marari Khurd
Baba Bakala Subdistrict
Sagar Singh Male, age 20 at time of extrajudicial execution, Sarja

Gurdaspur District

Batala Subdistrict
Dyal Singh Male, age 18-20 at time of extrajudicial execution, Gujjarpura
Gurmukh Singh Male, age 42 at time of extrajudicial execution, Fatehgarh Churian
Kulwant Singh Male, age 20-22 at time of extrajudicial execution, Khokhar
Palwinder Kaur Female, age 45-50 at time of extrajudicial execution, Fatehgarh Churian
Rajwant Singh Male, age 17 at time of extrajudicial execution, Gharkian
Ranjeet Singh Male, age 23 at time of extrajudicial execution, Dogar
Sahib Singh Male, age 18 at time of extrajudicial execution, Kastiwal
Sukhchain Singh Male, age 28 at time of extrajudicial execution, Khaira
Tarsem Singh Male, age 20-25 at time of extrajudicial execution, Raliali Khurd
Dera Baba Nanak Subdistrict
Ajit Singh Male, age 18 at time of extrajudicial execution, Tarpala
Daljit Singh Male, age 22 at time of extrajudicial execution, Mohal Nangal
Nishan Singh Male, age 21 at time of extrajudicial execution, Pabbarali
Rajwant Singh Male, age 22-25 at time of extrajudicial execution, Tarpala
Sucha Singh Male, age 25-30 at time of extrajudicial execution, Pabbarali
Tarsem Singh Male, age 28-30 at time of extrajudicial execution, Shezada
Gurdaspur Subdistrict
Paramjeet Singh Male, age 22 at time of extrajudicial execution, Hem Rajpur

Key statistics of cases implicating security forces based in Fatehgarh Churian (Berian Wala):

Victim Demographics 

Gender

95.8% Male 23
 
 
4.2% Female 1

Marital status

62.5% Not married 15
 
 
37.5% Married 9

If married, did the victim have children?

33.3% Yes 8
 
 
4.2% No 1


Total children surviving victims: 23


Religion

100.0% Sikh 24
 

Caste

87.5% Jat 21
 
 
12.5% Non-Jat 3

Age

4.2% 0-17 1
 
75.0% 18-33 18
 
16.7% 34-49 4
 

Education

20.8% No education 5
 
8.3% Primary school 2
 
16.7% Middle school 4
 
33.3% High school 8
 
4.2% Some college 1
 
4.2% College degree 1
 
12.5% Vocational degree 3
 

Employment

45.8% Farmer/agriculture 11
 
8.3% Day labourer 2
 
8.3% Mechanic 2
 
4.2% Shopkeeper 1
 
4.2% Driver (bus/truck/car) 1
 
4.2% Student 1
 
4.2% Housewife 1
 
20.8% Other 5
 

Urban / Rural

91.7% Rural 22
 
 
8.3% Urban 2

Abduction, Detention, & Torture 

Prior detentions

58.3% Yes 14
 
 
41.7% No 10

Prior torture

58.3% Yes 14
 
 
0.0% No 0

Abduction preceding enforced disappearance/extrajudicial execution

95.8% Yes 23
 
 
4.2% No 1

Security officials informed witnesses where they were taking the victim

9.5% Yes 2
 
 
90.5% No 19

Witnesses to abduction

87.5% Yes 21
 

Victim abduction location

33.3% Roadside 8
 
16.7% Friend/relative's residence 4
 
12.5% Victim’s residence 3
 
12.5% Village fields 3
 
4.2% Checkpoint (naka) 1
 
4.2% Shop/market 1
 
4.2% Bus station/stand 1
 
8.3% Other 2
 

Detention facility type

Data forthcoming


Preceding detention location known

75.0% Yes 18
 
 
20.8% No 5

Witnesses to detention preceding enforced disappearance/extrajudicial execution

Data forthcoming


Security official response to victim status

16.7% Other 4
 
12.5% Gave no response 3
 
12.5% Killed victim in an “encounter” 3
 
8.3% Told family to go to another police station 2
 
4.2% Denied involvement 1
 
4.2% Admitted extrajudicial execution with no explanation 1
 
4.2% Admitted custody only 1
 

Victim presented before judge/magistrate

0.0% Yes 0
 
 
50.0% No 12

Enforced Disappearances vs. Extrajudicial Executions 

Classification

95.8% Extrajudicial executions 23
 
 
4.2% Enforced disappearances 1

Number of victims per family

83.3% 1 victim 20
 
16.7% 2 victim 4
 

Related incidents

0.0% Genuine encounters in family 0
 
 
100.0% No genuine encounters in family 24

Body Disposal 

Body disposal by security forces

66.7% Cremated the body 16
 

Security forces returned body

4.2% Yes 1
 
0.0% Yes, but forced immediate cremation 0
 
91.7% No 22
 

Condition of corpse, if known

8.3% Bullet wounds 2
 
8.3% Broken bones 2
 
4.2% Bruises 1
 
4.2% Cuts/wounds 1
 
4.2% Missing hair from head or face 1
 
4.2% Other 1
 

Security Forces Implicated 

Names of involved security officials known

83.3% Yes 20
 
 
12.5% No 3

Security forces uniformed

61.9% Yes 13
 
 
14.3% No 3

Type(s) of security forces involved in abduction

91.7% Punjab Police 22
 
16.7% CRPF 4
 
12.5% BSF 3
 
12.5% Black cat 3
 
4.2% Criminal Investigation Agency 1
 

Type(s) of security forces involved in extrajudicial execution

87.5% Punjab police 21
 
8.3% CRPF 2
 
8.3% Black cat 2
 

Militancy Involvement 

Combatant status

58.3% Combatant 14
 
 
33.3% Non-combatant 8

Non-combatant, provided support to militants

8.3% Yes 2
 
 
20.8% No 5

If provided support, support was voluntary

8.3% Yes 2
 
 
0.0% No 0

Remedies & Impact 

Approached court or commission

29.2% Yes 7
 
 
66.7% No 16

Approached security officials

45.8% Yes 11
 
 
41.7% No 10

Reason the family did not pursue any kind of action

50.0% Afraid of retaliation 12
 
25.0% Believed it would have been ineffective 6
 
20.8% Didn’t know what to do 5
 
20.8% Couldn’t afford 5
 

Remedies desired from government

70.8% Monetary compensation to family 17
 
62.5% Criminal sanctions against those responsible 15
 
62.5% Truth commission 15
 
58.3% Employment 14
 
54.2% Public acknowledgement of wrongful deaths 13
 
37.5% Investigations into abuses 9
 
37.5% Memorial for victims 9
 
29.2% Rehabilitation services to family members 7
 
4.2% Desire nothing from government 1
 

Year & District 

District

33.3% Amritsar 8
 
66.7% Gurdaspur 16
 

Year

0.0% 1981 0
 
0.0% 1982 0
 
0.0% 1983 0
 
4.2% 1984 1
 
0.0% 1985 0
 
0.0% 1986 0
 
0.0% 1987 0
 
0.0% 1988 0
 
8.3% 1989 2
 
4.2% 1990 1
 
33.3% 1991 8
 
41.7% 1992 10
 
8.3% 1993 2
 
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
 
0.0% Date Unknown 0
 

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