NEW YORK, NY: The confirmation of death sentence against Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh by the Supreme Court of India was compared to the similar sentence by a British Court against Bhagat Singh by S. Jagjit Singh Mangat the President of Sikh Cultural Society, Richmond Hill, NY.

Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh were sentenced to death by the Delhi High Court for killing Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on 31 October 1984. Mrs. Gandhi, a ruthless politician, had ordered the Indian Army’s bloody attack on the Golden Temple in Amritsar in June ’84 and two of her bodyguards Beant Singh and Satwant Singh shot and killed her at her residence. Beant Singh was shot dead on the spot and Satwant Singh was wounded. Another accused Balbir Singh a sub inspector of Police was acquitted by the Supreme Court.

Thousands of Sikhs were massacred by mobs led by Congress (1) politicians in Delhi and other cities. No one has been charge sheeted and no case has been registered regarding this massacre. In fact two main leaders have been made senior ministers in the cabinet led by Mrs. Gandhi’s son Rajiv Gandhi.

Mangat said that the Sikhs in India could not expect any justice in India just as Bhagat Singh, who had allegedly killed Deputy Police Superintendent, Mr. Sanders could not expect any justice from the British court.

Just as the martyrdom of Bhagat Singh proved a catalyst to the Indian freedom movement, the death sentences of Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh would further strengthen the freedom movement of the Sikhs, Mangat said.

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