Thread on Professor Devinderpal Singh Bhullar Ji.

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In 1990, Professor Bhullar was teaching engineering courses at Guru Nanak Polytechnic College in Ludhiana when he was implicated for his alleged role in the B•mbing of Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Šumedh Saini's vehicle.
When the police failed to locate Professor Bhullar, they arrested his father, maternal uncle, and a close friend. The Police Tortured them so brutally that all of them died while in police custody.
After the death of his father & uncle, Professor Bhullar sought political asylum in Germany. Upon reaching Frankfurt Airport, German authorities detained him with suspicions & held him in custody for over a month.
They refused his request for political asylum, deported him & handed him over to India. A decision which Germany later states they deeply regretted. Upon reaching India, Delhi Police detained him & charged him under T£rr•rist & Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA).
Enacted in 1987, TADA allowed Indian authorities to detain individuals based on vague allegations without a trial. Often these detainments would target minority groups, which would result in gross human rights violations and torture while in custody.
It was the collective effort of human rights organizations and political parties that eventually led to its review and repeal in 1995. Despite it being lapsed and deemed unconstitutional, those cases that resulted in convictions while it was enforced, remain valid.
The police later came up with a computer typed confession & claimed Bhullar volunteered the confession. Although, the Prof Retracted from this confession on the first available opportunity, saying he was forewarned that deviation from this confession would result in his encounter
133 witnesses were presented by the prosecution, none of which could identify Mr. Bhullar's involvement in the accused crimes Despite no solid evidence and enduring a six-year trial, Professor Bhullar was sentenced to the death penalty.
A confession which was obtained under torture and coercion was enough for the justice system.
After almost 20 years of intense brutal torture physically & mentally, in 2014 the Indian SC commuted Professor Bhullar's sentence, citing his declining mental health & delay in the submission of his mercy petition. Prof. has spent more than 25 years in jail & remains imprisoned
The injustice in Professor Bhullar's case is further exemplified when comparing to the case of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt. Dutt was convicted under TADA in 1993 for his involvement and purchasing of weapons from those responsible for the Mumbai serial blasts.
After serving 18 months, Dutt was allowed to leave prison, & in November 2006 he was acquitted under TADA. Charged with a lesser conviction with the Arms Act. Under the Arms Act, Dutt received a six-year sentence & served approximately three and a half years.
On Feb 25, 2016, Dutt was granted early release from prison based on good behavior.

Professor Bhuller's plight and the unequal treatment of minorities by India's judicial system has been brought to attention by human rights campaigner Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa.
Bapu Surat Singh has been on a hunger strike since January 16, 2015, calling for the release of political prisoners. Due to his continued struggle, Professor Bhullar was granted a transfer from Tihar Jail to Amritsar Jail after more than twenty years in June 2015.
The continued unequal treatment & arrest of minorities (mainly Sikhs) has also been addressed by the Indian Supreme Court. Specifically referring to the use of TADA, the SC has warned against police officers abusing their power to target innocent individuals and cause sufferance
As Indian celebrities such as 'Sanjay Dutt' & police officers such as 'Sumedh Saini' continue to receive leniency in their convictions & sentences (which include M”rd3r & life imprisonment), Sikh political prisoners such as Prof Bhullar remain in jail with little or no evidence.
Sikhs continue to diminish under Indian rule, the promises we were made during partition fooled us and our systematical cleansing still continues
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