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India: Information since August 1995 on police and Sikh militant activity in Rampur area, Uttar Pradesh, and in Panshta (Panchattar or Panchata), Punjab; on the population of Panshta, the treatment of its inhabitants by the security forces, and whether Babbar Khalsa president Talminder Singh Parmar came from Panshta, and if so, on whether this affected how the authorities treated its inhabitants

Publisher Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada
Author Research Directorate, Immigration and Refugee Board, Canada
Publication Date 1 April 1997
Citation / Document Symbol IND26464.E
Cite as Canada: Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, India: Information since August 1995 on police and Sikh militant activity in Rampur area, Uttar Pradesh, and in Panshta (Panchattar or Panchata), Punjab; on the population of Panshta, the treatment of its inhabitants by the security forces, and whether Babbar Khalsa president Talminder Singh Parmar came from Panshta, and if so, on whether this affected how the authorities treated its inhabitants, 1 April 1997, IND26464.E, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6ab5c2c.html [accessed 27 December 2014]
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According to The Vancouver Sun, Babbar Khalsa leader Talwinder Singh Parmar was born in the farming village of Panchhat, Punjab, and was killed in a shoot-out with police on 15 October 1992 (16 Oct. 1992). However, while India Abroad confirms that Parmar was killed "a few years ago in an encounter with the Punjab police" (1 Nov. 1996), Cynthia Keppley Mahmood states that Parmar, a Canadian from Vancouver, headed up the Babbar Khalsa International (1996, 157).

Information since September 1995 on police and Sikh militant activity in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh and Panshta (Panchattar or Panchata), Punjab, could not be found among the sources consulted by the DIRB.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of additional sources consulted in researching this Information Request.

References

India Abroad [Toronto]. 1 November 1996. Ajit Jain. "Chretien Rules Out Public Inquiry into Air-India." (The Ethnic NewsWatch/NEXIS)

Keppley Mahmood, Cynthia. 1996. Fighting for Faith and Nation: Dialogues With Sikh Militants. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

     The Vancouver Sun. 16 October 1992. First Edition. Kim Bolan. "Man Slain in India Led Militants." (NEXIS)

Attachments

India Abroad [Toronto]. 1 November 1996. Ajit Jain. "Chretien Rules Out Public Inquiry into Air-India." (The Ethnic NewsWatch/NEXIS)

The Vancouver Sun. 16 October 1992. First Edition. Kim Bolan. "Man Slain in India Led Militants." (NEXIS)

Additional Sources Consulted

Amnesty International Report 1996. 1996.

Asian Survey [Berkeley, Calif.]. Monthly. September 1995-January 1997.

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1996. (Internet)

DIRB Indexed Media Review [Ottawa]. Weekly. September 1995-present.

Encyclopedia of India. 1994. (Punjab)

Encyclopedia of the Third World. 1992.

The Europa World Year Book 1997. 1997.

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports. (Internet)

India: A Travel Survival Kit. June 1990.

Mondes rebelles: acteurs, conflits et violences politiques. 1996.

News from Asia Watch [New York]. Monthly. 1995-present.

Office of Asylum Affairs, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. June 1996. India: Comments on Country Conditions and Asylum Claims.

     Office fédéral des réfugiés [Berne]. Feuille d'information sur les pays. 1995-present.

Pacific Affairs [Vancouver]. Quarterly. Winter 1995-present.

Pettigrew, Joyce J.M. 1995. The Sikhs of the Punjab: Unheard Voices of State and Guerrilla Violence.

     Refugees, Immigration and Asylum Section (RIAS), Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia. June 1994. Country Profile: India.

     SHARENet database.

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