Harpal Singh

Extrajudicial execution on May 15, 1989

Male, age 17-18


Demographics

Education

Primary school

Married

No

Religion

Sikh, Kesdhari

Caste

Jat


Photo of Harpal Singh, victim of extrajudicial execution on May 15, 1989, in Batala, by Punjab Police


Abduction, Detention, & Torture

Prior detentions

Yes, 1-2

Prior torture

Yes

Abduction preceding extrajudicial execution

Yes, April 28, 1989

Place of abduction

Roadside

Victim presented before judge/magistrate

No


Detention Locations

Data forthcoming in late 2018


Extrajudicial Execution on May 15, 1989

Additional data forthcoming


Body Disposal

Body returned

No

Body disposal by security forces

Cremated the body

Cremation location

Municipal cremation ground, Batala


Security Forces Implicated

Forces involved in abduction

Officials involved in abduction

Gobind Ram, Senior Superintendent of Police, Punjab Police, Batala

Sukhdev Singh, Constable, Punjab Police, Batala

Forces involved in extrajudicial execution

Officials involved in extrajudicial execution

Data forthcoming in late 2018


Militancy Involvement

Combatant

Yes

Reason(s) for joining militancy

1984 Indian Army attack on the Harmandir Sahib; Persecution (i.e. arbitrary arrest, torture, self-defense)


Related Incidents

Forthcoming


Remedies & Impact

Security officials approached

No

Legal remedies pursued

No, Afraid of retaliation

Impact on family

Family member(s) engaged in militant activity, Family member(s) dropped out of school, Family member(s) was mentally disturbed

Remedies desired from government

Monetary compensation to family; Criminal prosecution of those responsible; Employment; Truth commission; Memorial for victims


Connected Victims

Genuine encounters in family

No

Co-victims of abduction

Yes

Co-victims of extrajudicial execution

Yes

Links to co-victim profiles forthcoming


Family Reflections

Forthcoming

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