Gurcharn Singh

Extrajudicial execution on February 28, 1989

Male, age 22


Demographics

Education

College degree

Married

No

Religion

Sikh, Amritdhari

Caste

Jat


Photo of Gurcharn Singh, victim of extrajudicial execution on February 28, 1989, in Patiala, by Punjab Police


Abduction

Prior detentions

No

Abduction preceding extrajudicial execution

Yes, between February 14, 1989 and February 19, 1989

Place of abduction

Bus station/stand

Security officials informed witnesses about destination

No

Security officials uniformed

Yes

Victim presented before judge/magistrate

No


Detention Locations

Data forthcoming in late 2018


Extrajudicial Execution on February 28, 1989

Additional data forthcoming


Body Disposal

Body returned

No


Security Forces Implicated

Forces involved in abduction

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


Related Incidents

Forthcoming


Remedies & Impact

Security officials approached

Yes, Punjab Police, from Sirhind Fatehgarh Sahib

Response by officials

Extrajudicial execution [of victim] in an "encounter"

Legal remedies pursued

No, Afraid of retaliation

Impact on family

Family member(s) dropped out of school, Family abandoned home, Family member(s) died due to depression/shock

Remedies desired from government

Public acknowledgement of wrongful deaths; Truth commission; Investigations into abuses


Family Reflections

Forthcoming

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