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The Last Killing

A Film by Ensaaf


Satwant Singh Manak joined the Punjab Police to provide his family with a stable income. But in the late 1980s and early 1990s, in response to an insurgency, Indian security forces committed systematic and widespread torture, disappearances, and unlawful killings in Punjab. Manak silently witnessed the torture and executions of 15 unarmed individuals at the hands of his fellow police officers. The killing of Kulwant Singh, a teenager who had passed 10th grade, deeply affected Manak. No longer able to suppress his conscience and the horror of what he witnessed, he resigned from his job and filed a case against his fellow police officers. That case covers ten of the victims.

I will not be intimidated. I will not be scared, nor intimidated, nor sold.

—Satwant Singh Manak

His courage came at a great cost. The police brutally tortured Manak, fatally tortured his father, and threatened his family. Despite such persecution, Manak has continued the fight for justice for almost 20 years. The film, The Last Killing, follows him as he organizes the families of the victims to attend a hearing at the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

Case Narratives

Satwant Singh Manak Nirmal Singh Nimma Baljinder Singh Bijliwala KulwantSinghKanta Baldev Singh Baljit Singh Satwant Singh Gurmukh Singh Nachattar Singh Bahal Singh Kehar Singh