Dhanaula

12 documented cases implicating security forces based in Dhanaula:


Mansa District

Budhlada Subdistrict
Ranjit Singh Male, age 27 at time of extrajudicial execution, Ahmadpur
Mansa Subdistrict
Bhupinder Singh Male, age 24 at time of extrajudicial execution, Matti
Gurjant Singh Male, age 27 at time of extrajudicial execution, Joga
Mela Singh Male, age 30-35 at time of extrajudicial execution, Joga

Sangrur District

Barnala Subdistrict
Gurmail Singh Male, age 30 at time of extrajudicial execution, Bhaini Jassa
Narinder Singh Male, age 14 at time of extrajudicial execution, Dangarh
Raghbir Singh Male, age 29-30 at time of extrajudicial execution, Dhanaula
Sarbat Singh Male, age 21 at time of extrajudicial execution, Kattu
Swaranjit Singh Male, age 18-19 at time of extrajudicial execution, Dhanuala
Sunam Subdistrict
Kesar Singh Male, age 24 at time of extrajudicial execution, Chhajli

Location Withheld

Anonymous Male, age 22 at time of extrajudicial execution, location withheld
Anonymous Male, age 55 at time of extrajudicial execution, location withheld

Key statistics of cases implicating security forces based in Dhanaula:

Victim Demographics 

Gender

100.0% Male 12
 
 
0.0% Female 0

Marital status

66.7% Not married 8
 
 
25.0% Married 3

If married, did the victim have children?

25.0% Yes 3
 


Total children surviving victims: 12


Religion

100.0% Sikh 12
 

Caste

58.3% Jat 7
 
 
41.7% Non-Jat 5

Age

8.3% 0-17 1
 
83.3% 18-33 10
 
8.3% 50-64 1
 

Education

33.3% No education 4
 
16.7% Primary school 2
 
25.0% Middle school 3
 
16.7% Some college 2
 
8.3% College degree 1
 

Employment

33.3% Student 4
 
33.3% Farmer/agriculture 4
 
16.7% Day labourer 2
 
16.7% Other 2
 

Urban / Rural

75.0% Rural 9
 
 
8.3% Urban 1

Abduction, Detention, & Torture 

Prior detentions

75.0% Yes 9
 
 
25.0% No 3

Prior torture

33.3% Yes 4
 
 
41.7% No 5

Abduction preceding enforced disappearance/extrajudicial execution

100.0% Yes 12
 
 
0.0% No 0

Security officials informed witnesses where they were taking the victim

14.3% Yes 1
 
 
85.7% No 6

Witnesses to abduction

58.3% Yes 7
 
 
33.3% No 4

Victim abduction location

33.3% Victim’s residence 4
 
16.7% Roadside 2
 
8.3% Village fields 1
 
8.3% Friend/relative's residence 1
 
8.3% Bus station/stand 1
 
16.7% Other 2
 

Detention facility type

Data forthcoming


Preceding detention location known

66.7% Yes 8
 
 
33.3% No 4

Witnesses to detention preceding enforced disappearance/extrajudicial execution

Data forthcoming


Security official response to victim status

8.3% Killed victim in an “encounter” 1
 
8.3% Other 1
 

Victim presented before judge/magistrate

8.3% Yes 1
 
 
83.3% No 10

Enforced Disappearances vs. Extrajudicial Executions 

Classification

100.0% Extrajudicial executions 12
 
 
0.0% Enforced disappearances 0

Number of victims per family

91.7% 1 victim 11
 
8.3% 2 victim 1
 

Related incidents

0.0% Genuine encounters in family 0
 
 
100.0% No genuine encounters in family 12

Body Disposal 

Body disposal by security forces

66.7% Cremated the body 8
 

Security forces returned body

8.3% Yes 1
 
0.0% Yes, but forced immediate cremation 0
 
91.7% No 11
 

Condition of corpse, if known

16.7% Bullet wounds 2
 
8.3% Bruises 1
 
8.3% Cuts/wounds 1
 

Security Forces Implicated 

Names of involved security officials known

66.7% Yes 8
 
 
25.0% No 3

Security forces uniformed

128.6% Yes 9
 
 
14.3% No 1

Type(s) of security forces involved in abduction

100.0% Punjab Police 12
 

Type(s) of security forces involved in extrajudicial execution

91.7% Punjab police 11
 

Militancy Involvement 

Combatant status

83.3% Combatant 10
 
 
16.7% Non-combatant 2

Non-combatant, provided support to militants

8.3% Yes 1
 
 
8.3% No 1

If provided support, support was voluntary

8.3% Yes 1
 
 
0.0% No 0

Remedies & Impact 

Approached court or commission

41.7% Yes 5
 
 
58.3% No 7

Approached security officials

16.7% Yes 2
 
 
83.3% No 10

Reason the family did not pursue any kind of action

41.7% Afraid of retaliation 5
 
25.0% Didn’t know what to do 3
 
16.7% Couldn’t afford 2
 
8.3% Believed it would have been ineffective 1
 
8.3% Not applicable 1
 

Remedies desired from government

58.3% Employment 7
 
58.3% Monetary compensation to family 7
 
41.7% Investigations into abuses 5
 
41.7% Criminal sanctions against those responsible 5
 
41.7% Truth commission 5
 
25.0% Public acknowledgement of wrongful deaths 3
 
8.3% Memorial for victims 1
 

Year & District 

District

33.3% Mansa 4
 
50.0% Sangrur 6
 

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
 
0.0% 1987 0
 
0.0% 1988 0
 
0.0% 1989 0
 
8.3% 1990 1
 
16.7% 1991 2
 
33.3% 1992 4
 
8.3% 1993 1
 
8.3% 1994 1
 
8.3% 1995 1
 
0.0% 1996 0
 
0.0% 1997 0
 
8.3% 1998 1
 
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
 
8.3% Date Unknown 1
 

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