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April 15, 2015
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Illegal Detention and Abuse of U.S. Citizen in Punjab

(Pleasanton, CA)

On April 15, 2015, Ensaaf reached out to Congressmen and Senators on behalf of U.S. citizen Ravinderjeet Singh. The letter discusses the threats, false charges, illegal and arbitrary detention, and physical abuse suffered by Ravinderjeet Singh by government and security forces in Punjab, India.

Ravinderjeet Singh’s father, Surat Singh, began a hunger strike on January 16, 2015 from his home in Punjab to protest the Indian government’s refusal to release Sikh prisoners who have completed their respective prison sentences. Concerned for his father’s welfare, Ravinderjeet Singh left the U.S. on January 28, 2015 to visit his father in Punjab.

The police illegally detained Ravinderjeet Singh on February 26, 2015, and he has had no substantive hearing since then.

The letter further states:

[Ravinderjeet Singh] is not wanted for any crime in India or elsewhere, and is being illegally detained under false charges in a manner that does not comport with minimum notions of due process.

It is completely unreasonable for the Government of India to prevent U.S. embassy officials from accessing Ravinderjeet Singh in detention for over two months. The U.S. should make clear to Indian authorities that embassy officials need immediate physical access to Ravinderjeet Singh, that he should be allowed immediate medical attention by a doctor of his choosing, and that authorities must end his unlawful treatment. Given India’s clear disregard for legal norms and due process in this matter, a diplomatic intervention is necessary to ensure that India refrains from further abuse and illegal treatment of Ravinderjeet Singh and his father Surat Singh.

There is no plausible basis for the Government of India’s illegal treatment of Ravinderjeet Singh. He is not wanted for any crime in India or elsewhere, and is being illegally detained under false charges in a manner that does not comport with minimum notions of due process. Until Ravinderjeet Singh is exonerated of all charges, he is at risk of continuing abuse. The Government of India’s treatment of Ravinderjeet Singh puts all U.S. citizens at risk of illegal and arbitrary detention and additional human rights violations in India.

Ensaaf has reached out to Congressman Chris Smith, Chairman, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights & International Operations, Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, and Congressman Jerry McNerney.

For a copy of each letter, please click on the following links:

Congressman Chris Smith

Senator Dianne Feinstein

Senator Barbara Boxer

Congressman Jerry McNerney