J&K NYC Volunteers stage massive dharna in Jantar Mantar, Bhim Singh assures full support to their cause

Prof. Bhim Singh, Chief Patron of National Panthers Party and Member of National Integration visited the protesting NYC (National Youth Corps) Volunteers staging massive dharna at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi seeking intervention of Dr. Manmohan Singh, the Prime Minister of India in connection with the fulfillment of the commitment of J&K Govt. to observe them permanently in the department in the interest of their careers.

In a memorandum addressed to the Prime Minister of India the protesting, seven of them sitting on relay hunger strike urged for his immediate intervention. The memorandum said;

1.                 That we were engaged as NYC Volunteers in J&K after due selection made purely on merit through an appropriate committee by the Department. NYC Volunteers were selected from all the districts of J&K and deployed in different departments viz, Rural Development Department, Youth Service and Sports, Tourism, Finance Department, Municipal Corporation, Social Welfare, NYKs, Shrine Board, Traffic Police, NRHM, Management Disaster, Education, Revenue Department etc. After three years we stand nowhere.

2.                 8000 NYC Volunteers in J&K had been deployed under the NYC scheme as adopted by Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt. of India. 7700 had been registered with Govt. of J&K and 300 with Central Govt. We have been agitating from the streets to the roads peacefully and democratically seeking implementation of the promises made by the Centre and State Govts.

3.                 The rules and regulations of the scheme meant for NYC Volunteers of J&K could not help the NYC volunteers to continue their regular studies because of their duties with the result that future career of the volunteers got sealed forever.

4.                 During the period of our deployment we worked hard with full dedication and commitment to help bridge the gap between people and the Govt. thus tried our best to eradicate social evils in day to day society.

5.                 Most of us belong to poor families and are bread earners of their entire family. We have become burden on our family.

6.                 All the deployed volunteers of the state are working like employees of J&K State without any service conditions or adequate salaries.

7.                 All the NYC volunteers are aware that the State and Central Govts. shall not discourage the hopes and expectations of the 8000 NYC Volunteers of J&K State.

8.                 The NYC Volunteers deployed in Rural Development Department, J&K performed their duties in Panchayat Elections 2011 and played 80% role in the election, likewise some volunteers worked hard in Shrine Board, Health Department, Education, etc. All the eight thousand volunteers worked honestly.

It is urged that the Hon’ble Prime Minister may be pleased to intervene to save the lives of 8000 volunteers of the NYC. We have come from J&K and sitting on hunger strike at Jantar Mantar with a hope and trust that the youth of J&K shall get justice from the doors of the Prime Minister.

The appeal to the Prime Minister has been signed by the office bearers of J&K NYC. 1.Mr. Asif Ali Bhat, State President-NYC Volunteers, 2. Mr. Yasir Arafat, State General Secretary-NYC, 3. Bakir Ali Jafari, Joint Secretary, 4. Mr. Sunil Rajput, State Secretary, 5. Mr. Waseem and Anu, Spokesmen, 6. S. Jagdeep Singh, Treasurer, 7. Bhupinder Singh Charak, Secretary-Press.

Prof. Bhim Singh has made strong appeal to Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India for his immediate intervention in the interest of justice for the NYC volunteers without any delay.

38 Pak-prisoners shall be repatriated to Pakistan on Pakistan’s confirmation, 11 to be deported immediately

The Union of India submitted affidavit in the Supreme Court of India on a writ petition filed by Prof. Bhim Singh, Executive Chairman, State Legal Aid Committee for the release of Pak and POK detenus lodged in Indian jails for several years admitting that in pursuance of Supreme Court order, nine POK prisoners are being released any day namely; Mr. Zisan Alam, Mohd. Akram Chaudhary, Mohd. Yousuf Khawaja, s/o Mohd. Ayoub, Muzaffrabad, Mr. Faheem Siddique, s/o Choudhri Mohhamad Sadique, Mohd. Adnan Malik, Saifullah, Mohd. Sagir, s/o Saad Mohammad, Munawar Hussain Shah, s/o Habib Hussain Shah, Mohd. Tariq, s/o Abdul Majid.

On the petition of Prof. Bhim Singh Additional Solicitor General of Union of India in an affidavit informed the Division Bench of Supreme Court of India comprising of JJ Mr. Justice R.M. Lodha and Mr. Shiva Kirti Singh. The Union of India in response to the petition also informed the court that 38 Pak and POK prisoners have been cleared for repatriation to Pakistan after their release from the Indian jails. The Union of India informed the Supreme Court that the 38 prisoners who include Kala Masih s/o Gama Masih, Harsid@Arsind, s/o Mohammad Khan, Javed Aslam, s/o Mohammad Bux, Hamid, s/o Mohammad Hussain, Khuda Bux, s/o Mamdin Memal Rahim, Malang Faqir, s/o Baba Noori Lal, Tajimuddin, s/o Luftar Rehman, Mohd. Sadiq, s/o Mohd. Amir, Sujad Ali, s/o Akbar Ali, Sabir Hussain, s/o Barkat Ali, Goonga, Zaffar Alam, s/o Badshah Mian, Goonga & Bola, s/o Unknown Ali (Goonga), s/o Unknown Goonga, s/o Unknown, Mohd Aslam, s/o Mohd. Albar Ali, Mohd. Imran, s/o Mohd. Anwar, Rameez Raja, s/o Abud Shah, Mohd. Azmal, s/o Taz Gul, Elias, s/o Rahim Khan, Kasim, s/o Wasim Shah, Miraz, s/o Bahimal, Deaf and Dumb, Rashad, s/o Abdul Sitar, Nayeem, s/o Salim, Tarikh Ali, s/o Mohammad Ali, Mohd. Arshad, s/o Mohd. Asgar, Partap, s/o Krishan Chand, Shahid Mohamad Fakir Mohmad Fulani, Mohamad Rahim, s/o Mohamad Zahir Pathan, Babul, s/o Simalda Mugarji, Umar Shayamu Koli, Sabir Ahmed Usman Pavar, Rajak Shahnawaz, Karimkhan Yakat Khan, Fidahusen, s/o Shermahamad, Ragaji, s/o Ravato Hothimal Valdiya, Rubina, s/o Mohammad Noor, D/o Dil Mohammad, Ashiq Ali, s/o Warand Ali, Asghar Ali, s/o Charag Ali.

On the request of Prof. Bhim Singh, the Supreme Court observed that the Ministry of External Affairs may take up the matter fast with the respective Foreign Govt. to ensure that the innocent persons languishing in jails are repatriated at the earliest.

Prof. Bhim Singh also urged the Court to fix a minimum period for the completion of trial of those who have been languishing in different jails due to the unexplained delay in concluding the trials. He has submitted that all those foreign prisoners who have completed 15 years in custody in any Indian jail should be set free and repatriated in case his trial has not been concluded. The Supreme Court had already issued direction to the respective courts to complete trial within a period of one year.

Prof. Bhim Singh made a strong appeal to the Supreme Court for its immediate intervention to ensure release of one Abdul Sharief, a resident of Iran who has been in Amritsar Central Jail since 1995. He completed his sentence in 1997. Prof. Bhim Singh submitted the court that Abdul Sharief has been illegally detained by the authorities for over 16 years that cannot be justified under any situation. The Supreme Court directed the Additional Solicitor General, Mr. P.P. Malhotra to find out the details about those Pakistani and other foreign prisoners who have been kept in Indian jails after having completed their respective sentences.

Prof. Bhim Singh said that the Govt. of India has admitted that there are still 265 Pak, POK and some other prisoners in Indian jails. Prof. Bhim Singh, Sr. Advocate of the Supreme Court, however, expressed satisfaction that the Supreme Court of India has been highly considerate to ensure the strict implementation of Article 21 of the Constitution of India to give appropriate relief to all Pakistani prisoners in spite of high tension prevailing in the relationship of India and Pakistan.

The case will be taken after two weeks.

Prof. Bhim Singh was assisted by M/s. B.S. Billowria, Satish Vig, D. Vidyanandam.

Police terror unleashed against starving Talwara Migrants NPP condemns attack, calls for implementation of SC order

Prof. Bhim Singh, Supremo of NPP condemned police attack on the Talwara Migrants who have been peacefully agitating in Talwara (Reasi) demanding relief including ration and cash as has been fixed on monthly basis. The NPP Supremo has also filed a contempt application which is pending in the High Court since 2009 with a direction of the court to release all arrears of the migrants as agreed by the State Govt. in an affidavit filed before the Supreme Court in 2007. The arrears were agreed by the State Govt. in their affidavit amounting to Rs.21 crores.

“This is shameful and disgraceful besides being dire contempt of the Supreme Court that the Govt. of J&K has not appointed any relief Tehsildar in Reasi for the disbursement of their ration nor the migrants have been given any relief for the past nine months with the result most of the migrants and their children are literally starving. Some of them have disappeared.” Prof. Bhim Singh in a communication to the Prime Minister has emphasized the need to treat the Jammu Migrants, most of them residing in Talwara (Reasi). He said that 50% of the migrants have not been provided any social security nor any shelter with the result that they have been wandering from place to place. He accused the Govt. for deleting their names from the list of the legitimate migrants as was submitted by the State Govt. in the Supreme Court of India.

The migrants were subjected to assault, torture and terrorize in 2007 while they were walking to Delhi to resort to hunger-strike in front of Parliament to press their demands for the release of genuine relief as has been provided to the Kashmiri Migrants and was allowed by the High Court of J&K and later by the Supreme Court of India. Prof. Bhim Singh accused the Central Govt. for ignoring the plight of Jammu Migrants only for the reason that they were Dogras or residents of Jammu Pradesh. He said that the relief was raised from Rs.400 to Rs.1000 per person or Rs.4000 per family in respect of Kashmiri Migrants in 1983 by BJP Govt. whereas Rs. 400 per month or Rs.1600 per family or still being paid to the Jammu Migrants which proves only the fact that both the Central leadership and State leadership have been acting hostile like brutes against Jammu Migrants. They are not Kashmiri rulers only but Delhi rulers as well who have been discriminating against the residents of Jammu Pradesh. He said that individual flats/colonies were constructed for almost each Kashmiri Migrant family in different parts of Jammu (though those flats were not worth living lacked human dignity). No scheme has been worked out for the rehabilitation of Jammu Migrants leaving free to the terrorists/militants to occupy their centuries’ old ancestral lands in their villages. He wrote to the Prime Minister that the agricultural land of hundreds of migrants has been occupied by the militants/ terrorists/trespassers with the full backing and support of the administration and NC leaders though a law exists in J&K that no land of the migrants shall be transferred.

J&K Govt. has been playing hide and seek with the judgment of the Supreme Court and the High Court for nearly four years.

The Panthers Party has expressed full support to the Jammu Migrants and shall resort to hunger strike in front of the Parliament in support of Jammu Migrants.

Prof. Bhim Singh has urged Dr. Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India for his immediate intervention to save the lives of the innocent human beings, elderly and the children who have been starving for months in Talwara and elsewhere.

In the meantime, the President of JKNPP, Mr. Balwant Singh Mankotia, MLA has declared that Panthers Party shall move adjournment motion of the Assembly on 13th February, 2014 to seek justice to Jammu Migrants camping on the road in Talwara.

SC gives credit to Bhim Singh for compelling J&K to implement Juvenile Act

Mr. Justice R.M. Lodha who was presiding over the Supreme Court Bench congratulated Prof. Bhim Singh for his contribution for having created a situation for the Govt. of J&K to enact much awaited Juvenile Act in J&K. Justice Lodha observed it were because of you (Bhim Singh) that we issued notice to the State of J&K on the illegal detention of 12-year-old boy Faizan who was arrested on 25th August, 2012 by the local police of Safakadal Police Station, Srinagar. The court further observed that your (Bhim Singh) interest was that Juvenile Law is implemented in J&K and Juvenile Courts and Boards are constituted.

Division Bench comprising of JJ R.M. Lodha and Mr. Shiva Kirti Singh were hearing a writ petition against the illegal and draconian detention of 12-year-old Faizan Bashir who was arrested by Srinagar Police on 25th and kept in Police Station Safakadal till 27th August. Since there was no Juvenile Court, Faizan was released on bail on 28th August, 2012 by the District & Sessions Judge, Srinagar. Writ petition was filed on 26th/27th August, 2012 in the Supreme Court challenging illegal, unconstitutional and improper arrest of Faizan. The petition has challenged the detention stating that, “The petition was kept in police station without providing any bedding or food on the night of 25th August, 2012. He was kept inside a police lock up which is meant for the habitual criminal inside Safakadal Police Station for the whole day of 26th August, 2012 and whole night. He was produced before Magistrate in Srinagar on 27th August, 2012 and dispatched to another police lock-up in Nishat.”

The petition further stated that J&K Govt. has been functioning without any rule of law and in defiance of the provisions of the Constitution of India. The Govt. of J&K has been very unjust and hostile to the students as more than 120 school going children were shot dead by the police under the direction of State Govt.     

Prof. Bhim Singh emphasized that minors and juveniles are detained illegally as the Govt. in its affidavit filed today before the Supreme Court has admitted that 516 facing prosecution, 20 juveniles have been convicted whereas 12 juveniles are kept under illegal detention. Prof. Bhim Singh said that the Govt. has admitted that juveniles are kept under detention which makes the mockery of the rule of law and needs urgent deterrent action against the State.

The Govt. of J&K in its affidavit also filed a notification before the court confessing that the Governor of J&K on 22.07.2013 had issued an SRO for the implementation of the J&K Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act, 2013. The said Act was enacted by the Legislative Assembly in April, 2013. This too was done one year after the detention of Faizan and notice by the Supreme Court to the Govt. of J&K.

The Supreme Court has also made very important observation that the petitioner may move appropriate court for the damages/compensation for his illegal and unconstitutional arrest and detention by the police.  Prof. Bhim Singh expressed gratitude to the Supreme Court of India which has with its effective intervention forced the Govt. of J&K to make Juvenile Law at par with the Union Law to ensure justice and equity to the children of J&K. He said that this was go down in the history of J&K as a great victory of the juveniles.        

Prof. Bhim Singh was assisted by Mr. Satish Vig, Mr. S.K. Bandopadhyay and B.S. Billowria, Advocates.

AMU Old Boys have a great role to play to generate harmony between India & Pakistan

Addressing a symposium on Sir Syed’s Legacy organized by Sir Syed Mission Committee in Dy. Speaker Hall, Constitution Club, Prof. Bhim Singh emphasized before august gathering of notables from civil society, bar, judiciary, parliament and students that the old boys of Aligarh Muslim University who are spread over in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh have a unique role to play to generate harmony among the people of India and Pakistan. He appreciated the efforts of Pakistan Prime Minister, Shri Nawaz Sharief for improving the relations between the two countries in spite of the men in uniform (Army). Prof. Bhim Singh said that the old boys associations of AMU in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and other areas should get-together during the bicentenary of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, the Founder of Aligarh Muslim University. He was born in 1817.

Prof. Bhim Singh also regretted that some fanatics have been exploiting the name of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan by bracketing him among those who created two-nation theory. He said this is totally absurd because Sir Syed Ahmed Khan died at the age of 81 in 1889 whereas the two nation theory was conceived in 1940 during the Lahore Session by Shri Mohd. Ali Jinnah. In 1898 the 13 years old Congress has not conceived of independence and its leadership was still in the hands of colonial masters. This shall be totally unfair and unjust to associate Sir Syed Ahmed Khan’s name among the authors of the two-nation theory. Prof. Bhim Singh expressed satisfaction that he studied in Aligarh Muslim University from where he carries the message of human love, dignity and national pride.

Among others who addressed the seminar included former Editor of Indian Express and former Diplomat Shri Kuldip Nayar, Prof. Jaspal Singh, Vice Chancellor, Punjab University, Patiala, Mr. Arif Mohammad Khan, Author & Former Union Minister.