London – 5 June 2015
The Sikh Federation (UK) has condemned the shooting by police of on an unarmed Sikh teenager, Bhai Jagjeet Singh in Jammu. He was shot in the head and died on the spot.
Initially Sikhs objected to police helping Shiv Sena activists remove posters relating to an event to mark the 31st anniversary of the Sikh Genocide.
Posters were removed on 3 and 4 June and police officers were found guarding the spots from where the posters were removed. The police then started rounding up Sikh youth on the morning of 4 June.
When Sikhs objected to these heavy handed police actions the police opened fire indiscriminately at the unarmed Sikh protesters.
Bhai Amrik Singh, the Chair of the Sikh Federation (UK) said:
‘We have written to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office this morning warning them of the deteriorating law and order situation in India.’
‘We have pointed to the heavy handed tactics of the police, the curfew and media blackout that has been imposed in Jammu.’
‘Apart from the cold-blooded killing of Bhai Jagjeet Singh other Sikh protesters have sustained injuries in police firing.’
‘Tensions are now also very high in Punjab with the 31st anniversary of the Sikh Genocide being marked at the weekend.’
‘There is a real possibility of further unrest as the Indian authorities have provoked a reaction from Sikhs at this very sensitive time of the year.’
National Press Secretary
Sikh Federation (UK)