Harkishan Singh Kahlon

4 documented cases directly implicating Harkishan Singh Kahlon:


Bathinda District

Bathinda Subdistrict
Sawinder Kumar Male, age 23-24 at time of extrajudicial execution, Mehma Sarja

Moga District

Nihal Singhwala Subdistrict
Gursewak Singh Male, age 24 at time of extrajudicial execution, Manuke

Location Withheld

Anonymous Male, age 32-33 at time of disappearance, location withheld
Anonymous Male, age 67-68 at time of disappearance, location withheld

Key statistics of cases directly implicating Harkishan Singh Kahlon:

Victim Demographics 

Gender

100.0% Male 4
 
 
0.0% Female 0

Marital status

50.0% Not married 2
 
 
50.0% Married 2

If married, did the victim have children?

50.0% Yes 2
 


Total children surviving victims: 6


Religion

75.0% Sikh 3
 
 
25.0% Non-Sikh 1

Caste

50.0% Jat 2
 
 
50.0% Non-Jat 2

Age

75.0% 18-33 3
 
25.0% 65+ 1
 

Education

100.0% High school 4
 

Employment

25.0% Farmer/agriculture 1
 
75.0% Other 3
 

Urban / Rural

50.0% Rural 2
 
 
0.0% Urban 0

Abduction, Detention, & Torture 

Prior detentions

50.0% Yes 2
 
 
50.0% No 2

Prior torture

50.0% Yes 2
 
 
0.0% No 0

Abduction preceding enforced disappearance/extrajudicial execution

100.0% Yes 4
 
 
0.0% No 0

Security officials informed witnesses where they were taking the victim

0.0% Yes 0
 
 
33.3% No 1

Witnesses to abduction

75.0% Yes 3
 
 
25.0% No 1

Victim abduction location

25.0% Village fields 1
 
25.0% Police station 1
 
25.0% Victim’s residence 1
 
25.0% Bus station/stand 1
 

Detention facility type

Data forthcoming


Preceding detention location known

50.0% Yes 2
 
 
50.0% No 2

Witnesses to detention preceding enforced disappearance/extrajudicial execution

Data forthcoming


Security official response to victim status

25.0% Denied involvement 1
 

Victim presented before judge/magistrate

0.0% Yes 0
 
 
100.0% No 4

Enforced Disappearances vs. Extrajudicial Executions 

Classification

50.0% Extrajudicial executions 2
 
 
50.0% Enforced disappearances 2

Number of victims per family

50.0% 1 victim 2
 
50.0% 3 victims 2
 

Related incidents

0.0% Genuine encounters in family 0
 
 
100.0% No genuine encounters in family 4

Body Disposal 

Body disposal by security forces


Security forces returned body

25.0% Yes 1
 
0.0% Yes, but forced immediate cremation 0
 
25.0% No 1
 

Condition of corpse, if known

25.0% Missing hair from head or face 1
 
25.0% Cuts/wounds 1
 
25.0% Missing fingernails 1
 

Security Forces Implicated 

Names of involved security officials known

100.0% Yes 4
 
 
0.0% No 0

Security forces uniformed

66.7% Yes 2
 
 
0.0% No 0

Type(s) of security forces involved in abduction

100.0% Punjab Police 4
 

Type(s) of security forces involved in extrajudicial execution

50.0% Punjab police 2
 

Militancy Involvement 

Combatant status

0.0% Combatant 0
 
 
100.0% Non-combatant 4

Non-combatant, provided support to militants

0.0% Yes 0
 
 
75.0% No 3

If provided support, support was voluntary

0.0% Yes 0
 
 
0.0% No 0

Remedies & Impact 

Approached court or commission

0.0% Yes 0
 
 
100.0% No 4

Approached security officials

25.0% Yes 1
 
 
50.0% No 2

Reason the family did not pursue any kind of action

75.0% Believed it would have been ineffective 3
 
75.0% Afraid of retaliation 3
 
50.0% Didn’t know what to do 2
 
25.0% Couldn’t afford 1
 

Remedies desired from government

75.0% Truth commission 3
 
75.0% Employment 3
 
50.0% Rehabilitation services to family members 2
 
50.0% Monetary compensation to family 2
 
25.0% Investigations into abuses 1
 

Time & Place  

District

25.0% Bathinda 1
 
25.0% 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
 
0.0% 1987 0
 
0.0% 1988 0
 
0.0% 1989 0
 
0.0% 1990 0
 
75.0% 1991 3
 
0.0% 1992 0
 
0.0% 1993 0
 
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.