Khemkaran

26 documented cases implicating security forces based in Khemkaran:


Amritsar District

Amritsar II Subdistrict
Didar Singh Male, age 19 at time of extrajudicial execution, Bhakna kalan
Patti Subdistrict
Bagicha Singh Male, age 22-25 at time of extrajudicial execution, Kotli Wasawa Singh
Balwant Singh Male, age 35-36 at time of extrajudicial execution, Mastgarh
Gurcharan Singh Male, age 30 at time of extrajudicial execution, Mehdipur
Gurdev Singh Male, age 18 at time of extrajudicial execution, Khemkaran
Jarnail Singh Male, age 38-39 at time of disappearance, Mehdipur
Kashmir Singh Male, age 23-23 at time of extrajudicial execution, Dhul Nau
Kulwinder Singh Male, age 24 at time of extrajudicial execution, Valtoha
Resham Singh Male, age 22-23 at time of extrajudicial execution, Dhul Nau
Samma Singh Male, age 18-20 at time of extrajudicial execution, Mastgarh
Sukhdev Singh Male, age 25-27 at time of extrajudicial execution, Dhul Kohna
Sukhwant Singh Male, age 28 at time of extrajudicial execution, Mehdipur
Summa Singh Male, age 24-25 at time of extrajudicial execution, Mastgarh
Tarn Taran Subdistrict
Harbans Singh Male, age 55-56 at time of extrajudicial execution, Chhina Bidhi Chand
Sarabjit Singh Male, age 20-22 at time of extrajudicial execution, Warana
Sawinder Singh Male, age 27 at time of extrajudicial execution, Sohal Sain Bhagat

Firozpur District

Firozpur Subdistrict
Fumman Singh Male, age 40 at time of extrajudicial execution, Sultanwala
Karnail Singh Male, age 35 at time of extrajudicial execution, Sultanwala
Nirmal Singh Male, age 35 at time of extrajudicial execution, Bandala
Zira Subdistrict
Baj Singh Male, age 23-26 at time of extrajudicial execution, Pir Mohamad

Kapurthala District

Kapurthala Subdistrict
Ajit Singh Male, age 65 at time of extrajudicial execution, Khanpur
Gurmeet Kaur Female, age 55-60 at time of extrajudicial execution, Khanpur
Kulwinder Singh Male, age 10-11 at time of extrajudicial execution, Khanpur
Lakhwinder Singh Male, age 16-17 at time of extrajudicial execution, Khanpur
Swaran Singh Male, age 50 at time of extrajudicial execution, Budha Theh

Location Withheld

Santokh Singh Male, age 27 at time of extrajudicial execution, Uttar Pradesh

Key statistics of cases implicating security forces based in Khemkaran:

Victim Demographics 

Gender

96.2% Male 25
 
 
3.8% Female 1

Marital status

57.7% Not married 15
 
 
42.3% Married 11

If married, did the victim have children?

42.3% Yes 11
 


Total children surviving victims: 33


Religion

100.0% Sikh 26
 

Caste

73.1% Jat 19
 
 
26.9% Non-Jat 7

Age

7.7% 0-17 2
 
57.7% 18-33 15
 
19.2% 34-49 5
 
11.5% 50-64 3
 
3.8% 65+ 1
 

Education

53.8% No education 14
 
3.8% Primary school 1
 
11.5% Middle school 3
 
30.8% High school 8
 

Employment

57.7% Farmer/agriculture 15
 
15.4% Day labourer 4
 
7.7% Student 2
 
7.7% Shopkeeper 2
 
3.8% Housewife 1
 
7.7% Other 2
 

Urban / Rural

92.3% Rural 24
 
 
3.8% Urban 1

Abduction, Detention, & Torture 

Prior detentions

50.0% Yes 13
 
 
50.0% No 13

Prior torture

34.6% Yes 9
 
 
15.4% No 4

Abduction preceding enforced disappearance/extrajudicial execution

88.5% Yes 23
 
 
11.5% No 3

Security officials informed witnesses where they were taking the victim

19.0% Yes 4
 
 
66.7% No 14

Witnesses to abduction

80.8% Yes 21
 

Victim abduction location

19.2% Victim’s residence 5
 
11.5% Friend/relative's residence 3
 
11.5% Village fields 3
 
11.5% Roadside 3
 
3.8% Checkpoint (naka) 1
 
3.8% Police station 1
 
3.8% Village drain 1
 
23.1% Other 6
 

Detention facility type

Data forthcoming


Preceding detention location known

65.4% Yes 17
 
 
23.1% No 6

Witnesses to detention preceding enforced disappearance/extrajudicial execution

Data forthcoming


Security official response to victim status

26.9% Admitted extrajudicial execution with no explanation 7
 
11.5% Denied involvement 3
 
7.7% Killed victim in an “encounter” 2
 
7.7% Other 2
 
3.8% Victim had escaped 1
 
3.8% Told family to go to another police station 1
 

Victim presented before judge/magistrate

7.7% Yes 2
 
 
69.2% No 18

Enforced Disappearances vs. Extrajudicial Executions 

Classification

96.2% Extrajudicial executions 25
 
 
3.8% Enforced disappearances 1

Number of victims per family

46.2% 1 victim 12
 
26.9% 2 victims 7
 
7.7% 3 victims 2
 
19.2% 7 victims 5
 

Related incidents

7.7% Genuine encounters in family 2
 
 
92.3% No genuine encounters in family 24

Body Disposal 

Body disposal by security forces

26.9% Cremated the body 7
 

Security forces returned body

15.4% Yes 4
 
0.0% Yes, but forced immediate cremation 0
 
80.8% No 21
 

Condition of corpse, if known

11.5% Bullet wounds 3
 
7.7% Broken bones 2
 
3.8% Other 1
 
3.8% Bruises 1
 
3.8% Burn marks 1
 
3.8% Cuts/wounds 1
 

Security Forces Implicated 

Names of involved security officials known

73.1% Yes 19
 
 
19.2% No 5

Security forces uniformed

85.7% Yes 18
 
 
0.0% No 0

Type(s) of security forces involved in abduction

80.8% Punjab Police 21
 
15.4% CRPF 4
 
11.5% BSF 3
 

Type(s) of security forces involved in extrajudicial execution

84.6% Punjab police 22
 
11.5% CRPF 3
 
7.7% BSF 2
 

Militancy Involvement 

Combatant status

38.5% Combatant 10
 
 
61.5% Non-combatant 16

Non-combatant, provided support to militants

3.8% Yes 1
 
 
57.7% No 15

If provided support, support was voluntary

3.8% Yes 1
 
 
0.0% No 0

Remedies & Impact 

Approached court or commission

42.3% Yes 11
 
 
57.7% No 15

Approached security officials

53.8% Yes 14
 
 
46.2% No 12

Reason the family did not pursue any kind of action

53.8% Afraid of retaliation 14
 
19.2% Couldn’t afford 5
 
15.4% Believed it would have been ineffective 4
 
7.7% Didn’t know what to do 2
 

Remedies desired from government

88.5% Monetary compensation to family 23
 
57.7% Criminal Sanctions against those responsible 15
 
57.7% Employment 15
 
57.7% Truth commission 15
 
50.0% Public acknowledgement of wrongful deaths 13
 
38.5% Investigations into abuses 10
 
30.8% Rehabilitation services to family members 8
 
26.9% Memorial for victims 7
 
3.8% Other 1
 

Year & District  

District

61.5% Amritsar 16
 
15.4% Firozpur 4
 
19.2% Kapurthala 5
 

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
 
7.7% 1987 2
 
3.8% 1988 1
 
19.2% 1989 5
 
11.5% 1990 3
 
11.5% 1991 3
 
19.2% 1992 5
 
26.9% 1993 7
 
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
 

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