Sikhs still remember Balwant Singh Multani

The writer Shazia Cheema is serving as an Assistant Professor at the University of Lahore. She did her MA in Cognitive Semiotics from Aarhus University Denmark and is currently registered as a Ph.D. Scholar of Semiotics and Philosophy of Communication at Charles University Prague.

By Prof Shazia Cheema

Nations never forget their martyrs and also never forgive those who conduct savagery to snub freedom movements.

This is the core reason that the names of Balwant Singh Multani and Sumedh Singh Saini are being published in today’s newspapers even after 29 years of brutality that resulted in the terrible murder of Balwant Singh Multani.

On September 19, 2020, the suo motu notice taken by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the 1991 bomb blast case cleaned the dust from files of Indian Punjab Police, and Darshan Singh Multani, father of Balwant Singh Multani denied claims of the UT Police that had declared Balwant a proclaimed offender and a suspect in the bomb blast case aimed at eliminating former UT Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Sumedh Singh Saini. Darshan Singh Multani is himself a retired IAS officer from Punjab cadre. According to Darshan Singh Multani his son, Balwant Singh Multani was killed by police on December 11, 1991.

Sumedh Singh Saini was a police officer whose career spans more than three decades replete with brutality against Sikhs and Muslims

Everything that still haunts Sikh Community all over the world started when the then Indian Prine Minister Indira Gandhi decided to launch Operation Blue star by the Indian military in 1984 in which Sikh’s holy place of worship, the Golden Temple in Amritsar was trampled, resulting in the death of Sikhs rights activist Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale on June 6, creating ripples across India and paving way for permanent fissures between Sikhs and Hindu community.

Five months later, on 31 Oct 1984, Indira Gandhi was assassinated in an act of revenge by her two Sikh bodyguards.

There was no going back after that; Indian Punjab police played a crucial role in mass murdering and torturing of Sikhs, the list is long but for reference one such name is Sumedh Singh Saini, a police officer whose career spans more than three decades replete with brutality against Sikhs and Muslims, over the period of time he got promoted from ASP to DGP Indian Punjab. The list of his victims is long, including all age groups, social class, and gender. Sumedh Singh Saini allegedly to have indulged in gross human rights violations and torture during his career.

There has been no police record available that how many young men and women had been abducted under the false pretense of policing, the only available numbers are those eyes waiting for their loved ones who never came back.

He has never been asked about his crime, his unspeakable fear does not let victims and witnesses speak. His torture mechanism was beyond human grasp; he was famous for his undefeatable innovation in inflicting pain on his victims. He was no doubt a facilitator of the anti-Khalistan regime.

After operation Blue Star it seems a necessity for fascist India to continue insurgency. When front liners of the Khalistan movement taken care of, one way or other than hatred against Sikhs took a new turn, and under Operation Black Thunder II, everyone and anyone could be a threat to a country that makes victimization against the general public specifically Sikh population easy. Even women and children could be abducted for an unlimited period to unknown locations. As that all was being done by the police under the central command, all those who were part of this massacre hardly answerable to anyone.

Sumedh Singh Saini, a police officer whose career spans more than three decades replete with brutality against Sikhs and Muslims, over the period of time he got promoted from ASP to DGP Indian Punjab
Sumedh Singh Saini, a police officer whose career spans more than three decades replete with brutality against Sikhs and Muslims, over the period of time he got promoted from ASP to DGP Indian Punjab

There has been no police record available that how many young men and women had been abducted under the false pretense of policing, the only available numbers are those eyes waiting for their loved ones who never came back.

The amount of Sikh’s suffering could not be measured, till the Indian dirty politics washed their dirty laundry out in open; the facts which are now prompting in the haze would never have been seen if Police and politicians didn’t face a clash in a business deal. Consider it karma for all those victims and their families that their dead float and the reality which floats on the surface is so devastating, so painful, and disturbing for a conscious mind that it is no more possible to hide dirty truth. A case of brutal torture and inhumane killing of a victim created ripples in the misty surface of the judicial system. Balwant Singh Multani was arrested, tortured, and brutally murdered.

There was no sympathetic value of the incident, but politician Parkash Badal tried to avenge personal vengeance against DGP Sumedh Saini, which leads to the logical path of unreeling of overwhelming series of lost and murdered Sikhs. A junior engineer with Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Corporation Balwant Singh Multani was abducted 29 years ago and missing since two fellow accused of DGP told the court that he was butchered during torture. Few other fellow policemen also break their silence and revealed the havoc of torture which either they witness or part of it.  The detail of that torture is traumatic that is why I will not write in detail, for the understanding of the nature of that torture I will just tell how Multani took his last few breaths.

He was being tortured with different innovative methods but at the last moment of his life he was being sodomized by a log for more than six hours and in a spree of hatred and rage, Sumedh Singh Saini kicked the wooden log with full force, and that tear Multan apart.

No one deserves a death like that if political and administrative chaos has not triggered the revelation of this one incident, the series of dreadful human rights violation remains secret. God knows how many Young Sikhs meet a similar fate. This single incident gives courage to the victims and their loved one to speak, the quantity of missing presumed dead under Operation Black Thunder II is rising.

In another similar case, the mother of the victim spoke on social media and requested the Indian government, not for justice but for the information regarding that place where her son would have been thrown after being brutally tortured and murder. Ever growing discrimination and hatred toward the Sikh community of India is a testimony that the Hindu-Sikh alliance remains un-natural and cannot survive the future. For an outside observer, Khalistan is not mare a dream for Sikhs it has become a necessity now.