NEW YORK, NY: Sukhdev Singh, who was originally a member of the All India Sikh Students Federation in India, was granted political asylum in the United States by an immigration judge, here last week.

Singh was originally arrested by the Immigration and Naturalization Service for travelling on a forged passport. He acknowledged this and said he was fleeing the persecution and torture in India.

Sukhdey Singh had been arrested by the police in India which tortured him viciously.

The World Sikh Organization had filed a letter expressing its apprehensions that Singh would be tortured and killed if deported to India. Various members of the All India Sikh Students Federation have suffered the same fate in the past.

The A.I.S.S had also written to the Judge on his behalf. Sukhdev Singh’s attorney could not immediately be contacted for comments because of Christmas Holidays.

Article extracted from this publication >> December 30, 1988