Harbhinder Singh Jalal, who had been editing a
revolutionary Punjabi magazine “CHAMKDA LAL TARA” (Shining Red Star),
was arrested by Kharar Police while he was traveling in a bus near
Gharuan village. The police alleged him to be the head of Punjab unit
of CPI Maoist. A 32 bore pistol and some live cartridges were shown to
have been recovered from him.
In police custody Harbhinder was severely tortured and
subjected to third degree methods of interrogation. A case under
S.10,13,18 & 20 of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act; S. 25, 54, 59
of the Arms Act and Section 121, 419, 420, 471 of the IPC has been
slapped against him. He was denied the legal assistance of his chosen
lawyers. Lok Morcha Punjab, along with his family approached S/Sh.
R.S. Bains and Harinder Pal Singh Ishar, Chandigarh based Human Rights
lawyers, who moved an application for permission to meet Com
Harbhinder in police custody and for his medical examination. The
State vigorously opposed this application on the fictitious ground of
threat to national security. However the court allowed the advocates
to meet him daily in the Police Station between 7 PM to 8 PM and also
to get him medically examined every 48 hours from the Civil Hospital.
On 9.5.2011, when Com Harbhinder was produced in court
for further remand, dozens of his friends and well-wishers from all
over Punjab, came to see him, but the police did not allow them to
meet him. His further police remand was sought on the plea that he was
to be taken to Ranchi to affect certain recoveries. Subsequently this
pretext proved to be false as he was not taken to Ranchi. Perhaps the
court’s order permitting his lawyers to meet him everyday in the
extended period of remand, acted as a dampener for the police. On
14.5.2011, he was remanded to judicial custody and is now lodged in
On 6.5.2011, a heavy contingent of Ropar and Bathinda
Police raided his house at Rampura. Finding it locked, the police
tried to find its keys from the neighbors, abusing, threatening and
misbehaving with them. The people however refused to be cowed down and
did not allow the police to search his house in the absence of any of
his family members. To terrorize the people, the police raided the
houses of two trade unionists living in the locality. Next day, the
police party again came early in the morning along with some Municipal
Councilors of Rampura City and forcibly entered in and searched
Harbhinder’s house in the absence of his family members and any person
from the locality. The police took away a computer, a large number of
books and some domestic articles. This move was strongly opposed by
the democratic mass organizations of the area. Next day a strongly
worded statement denouncing the terror tactics of the police was
issued jointly by the Bharti Kisan Union ( Dakonda), Technical
Services Union, Democratic Teachers Front, and B.K.U. (Ugrahan).
Lok Morcha Punjab, Democratic Front Against Operation Green
Hunt Punjab, and a revolutionary paper SURAKH REKHA condemned the
arrest and false implication of Harbhinder Jalal in a criminal case.
To keep the people informed about this, we utilized the medium of
Facebook by posting news items and press statements on it. Now the
DFAOGH Punjab has decided to hold Conventions at Chandigarh and
Rampura on this issue along with the repressive measures taken at
village Selbrah and Kotra Kaurian Wala, against the people opposing
opening of liquor vends.
The planting of 32 bore revolver and live cartridges on
Harbhinder Jalal, seems to be a part of the Punjab Police’s crude
attempt to discredit revolutionary democratic movement in Punjab.
Recently the police unearthed a gang of serving police employees and
Arms Dealers, supplying country made illicit arms as genuine, by
putting fake stamps and markings of reputed arms companies on them.
As many as 8 police employees serving in various districts of Punjab
have been arrested. The DGP Punjab, with the aid of certain pliable
press persons, has been trying to link it with the Maoists, although
up till now, no such proof is forthcoming.
Lok Morcha Punjab views the arrest of Com Harbhinder;
falsely charging him with unlawful activities, waging war against the
Govt, forgery and cheating; subjecting him to third degree torture,
and illegal raids at his house and the houses of other trade unionists
at Rampura, as atrocious, totally illegal and undemocratic steps,
deserving strongest condemnation. These steps are aimed at stifling
the political dissent, and ruthlessly crushing of every attempt to
organize the people against the policies of liberalization,
globalization and privatization, being pursued by the anti-people and
anti-national rulers to ensure super profits for the MNCs and their
Indian agents, through unhindered exploitation of our rich natural
resources. We call upon all democratic people to join us in demanding
withdrawal of the criminal case registered against Com Harbhinder
Jalal and his unconditional release; putting an end to all repressive
measures initiated against revolutionary political and mass activists
and the people; and complete halt to neo-liberal economic policies.
Courtesy: N.K.Jeet, Advisor, Lok Morcha Punjab. E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org