Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana- Imprisoned for 15 years and still serving

Balwant Singh was born on 23 August 1967 in Rajoana Kalan village, Ludhiana. Furthermore, Balwant was a former Punjab police officer and had served in this role for numerous years. However, during the years between 1992 to 1995 Balwant witnessed disappearances, killing and cremation of over 25,000 Sikh civilians by the police in India from the method chosen by the Indian government to control the Khalistan separatist movement therefore carried out a action which some described as bravery and the correct method of ‘protecting the community’. Moreover, Balwant made a close alliance with former police officer Dilawar Singh Babbar who sacrificed his life by attaching a bomb to his body to kill Beant Singh (former Chief Minister of India) who was responsible for large volumes of deaths of innocent Sikhs. Furthermore. Balwant made an agreement to be a backup human bomb if Dilawar was to fail the mission. Following the death of Beant Singh, Balwant openly confessed his involvement with the assassination and was sentenced to jail.

Balwant Singh has been imprisoned for over 15 years and is still serving, in recent years the CBI court in India announced execution for Balwant on 31st March 2012. However, following numerous protests lead by the Sikh community with gained support from local MPs and appeals by various Sikh committees over the globe the India’s Home Ministry adjourned the execution on the 28th March 2012. Nevertheless, Balwant Singh still remains on Death Row until further decisions are announced by India courts.

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