Paramjeet Singh Case News Review

The case of British resident Paramjeet Singh being arrested by Interpol in Portugal this week has been widely covered by Indian media. Unfortunately, much of this coverage is clearly biased against Paramjeet. Phrases such as “militant” and “terrorist” used to describe Paramjeet are both unfounded and unfair.

These terms should cannot be attributed to a man that is yet to be found guilty of any crime, even after being arrested for the same reason by British police in 2010 (

It must also be noted that Paramjeet was given asylum under refugee status in the UK. Paramjeet was wanted for questioning by Indian authorities but after his brother was severely tortured whilst in jail and then killed in India, it was deemed that Paramjeet was not safe in India and thus was officially awarded the right to stay in the UK indefinitely in 2004.

Paramjeet has since lived a completely law-abiding life in the UK, working and raising his young family.

Here Sikh PA highlight the unbalanced coverage around this situation.

NOTE – Indian media have been spelling the accused’s name as Paramjit but according to the UK electoral register the actual spelling is Paramjeet. He is also referred to as Pamma which is attributed as his surname.

Indian Express

In this article published on December 21st, Paramjeet is described as a “militant”, despite having faced no charges for any crime. The article also implicates Paramjeet with certain crimes but mentions that sources from the Patiala police had “no information”, whilst Mohali police were “yet to contact authorities” about the situation.


Tribune India

In this article published on December 20th, Paramjeet is called both a “militant” and a “Khalistani terrorist” repeatedly. As mentioned, Paramjeet has never been convicted for any such crime and thus calling him a “terrorist” is inaccurate and clearly biased reporting.


Hindustan Times

This article published on December 19th not only labels Paramjeet as a “Khalistani terrorist” but also states that he was “a key conspirator of the 2010 high-velocity twin bomb blasts in Patiala and Ambala and the mastermind of the 2009 killing of Rulda Singh”. This is said despite the fact that an 11 month investigation involving British and Indian police in 2010 found no evidence of Paramjeet’s involvement in any such activities. There are also mentions of outlandish claims that involve UK based Sikhs based on an unverified “police source” who is unnamed. The article also seems to question Paramjeet’s UK status by writing he is staying in Britain on “political asylum”, put in speech marks without reference to whom was quoted or why it is in speech marks.


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This article states “Indian media” as the only source for describing Paramjeet as a “hardline Sikh activist”. The article also states Singh has four children aged between 7-11, which according to Sikh PA sources is inaccurate, with the children aged between 4-12.

12 year old Sikh Boy Put in Cell for 3 Days after Bomb Accusation

Below we share a shocking Facebook status from Ginee Hear which has gone viral regarding the treatment of 12 year old Armaan Singh Sarai. This status once again points to the racial profiling which is going on in America. 

Sikhs are a minority group heavily affected but often ignored in regards to these issues. To speak to Sikh community group leaders or activists concerning such occurences, contact us on for further information.

Ginee Hear FB

“This goofball on the left in this picture is my 12 year old cousin, Armaan Singh Sarai. He was born and raised in Texas by a loving ‪#‎Sikh‬ family. In his spare time, he loves spending time with his family, watching tv, and playing video games. In his family, are his mom, dad, two sisters and a brother who love him more than life, after all he’s the baby in the family. His family moved to Dallas, Texas about three to four months ago, and being the new kid wasn’t that easy for him. It made it especially hard since he isn’t able to get out much, due to a heart condition he was born with. The heart condition has led him to having three open heart surgeries, and he isn’t able to do a lot of extra curricular activities. But his love from his family and friends has always been enough to keep his heart filled. His family and friends would describe to be really funny, nice, and a caring human being.

On Friday, December 11th, 2015, my cousin attended school, like any other normal 12 year old child. A bully in class thought it would be funny to accuse him of having a bomb, and so the principal, without any questioning, interrogation, or notification to his parents, called the police. Worried & frightened at home, his family was concerned as to why he had not reached home right after school. They started calling every police department in the area, only to find out he was sent to a Juvenile facility. They kept him held behind bars for three consecutive days, before finally releasing him on Monday, December 15th.

It hurts my heart and boils my blood that there are people stupid enough out there not only accusing us, but our innocent children of being terrorists! It sickens me even more that there are people even more stupid out there, taking their word for it. My cousin is a minor and was arrested without any evidence or guardian present! This should show you how fucked up the system is! There are good people out there, but the majority of the system is corrupt! All these bastards see is race & the color of your skin! He’s more than what meets the eye people! I’m more, you’re more, we’re all more! The color of your skin does not define who you are! Please help share this post to open people’s eyes to the fuckery that goes on in our system‪#‎JusticeForArmaan‬‪#‎SikhLivesMatter‬‪#‎HumanityMatters‬.”

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Darsh Preet Singh has regularly found himself the target of bigoted memes ever since the above picture of him representing Trinity University’s basketball team found its way on to the internet.

However, when one particular Facebook account (entitled Thug Life) decided to mock Darsh, an impassioned response by one commenter led to the image going viral, for all the right reasons.

Greg Worthington posted the following response which has now been shared over 14,000 times on Facebook but his message has reached even more people. 
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Check out any of the stories below to see exactly how this unfolded and ended with a Twitter hashtag campaign entitled #BeLikeDarsh and please share your own #BeLikeDarsh posts.

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Indian Prime Minister Modi Greeted By Protesters At Wembley On His UK Visit – Reece Chaplin

By Reece Chaplin

After being banned from entering the UK for 10 years, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi received a red carpet welcome from the British government and Indian diaspora on Thursday as he began a three-day state visit to the country.

David Cameron Introduction Speech At Wembley

Prime Minister David Cameron introducing Narendra Modi

However Modi’s visit wasn’t welcomed by everyone, and after the ceremony at Wembley stadium had finished, he and all his supporters were greeted by protesters who represented Indian minorities.

Modi Not Welcome In the UK By Protesters

Kashmiri people protesting for their human rights

There were more than 700 protesters from Kashmiri, Sikh and Indian Muslim backgrounds who gathered outside the stadium.

“We are at this demonstration today to protest against Modi and the Indian government for their illegal occupation of Kashmir and the massacre of our people,” said Najib Afsar, the chief coordinator for Jammu Kashmir Liberation Council.

Police Supervising Protesters Outside Wembley

Protesters against Modi’s visit to the UK outside Wembley

The Awaaz Network is an alliance of organisations involved in the #ModiNotWelcome campaign.

Indian Muslim Federation, Castle Watch UK, Southall Black Sisters and Sikh Federation UK are groups included in this allegiance.

“This visit is one-hundred-per-cent all about trade, the event speaks for itself. He was banned from most of the west for 10 years and now he’s getting a royal air force display which says it all.” Said Jasveer Singh of the Sikh Press Association.

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Sikh’s protesting for minorities in India

Over 60,000 people attended the invitation only event and it’s the largest reception any foreign head of government has ever received in the UK.

Prime Minister Modi Addressing the Crowd

Indian Prime Minister Modi addressing 60,000 people at Wembley

Virendra Sharma MP, chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on India-UK Relations, “the Uk’s 1.5 million India diaspora are an excellent bridge between the UK and India. As a person of Indian origin, I am hugely looking forward to this defining moment where we can celebrate our democracies and shared values.”

Both Modi supporters and protesters waved flags on the night but the symbols on them and the occasion couldn’t of been anymore different for what they represented.

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English & Indian school children waving flags at the event

How American Sikhs became Collateral Damage in the War on Terror – Fusion.Net

By Sujay Kumar


Technically, what happened to Inderjit Singh Mukker was a case of mistaken identity. The 17-year-old who leaned into his car and punched him until he was unconscious thought Mukker’s thick black beard and turban were signs that he was a “terrorist” or “bin Laden.”

But what happened to Mukker was a brutal anti-Sikh hate crime that left the 53-year-old with a fractured cheekbone, an eye swollen to the size of a plum, and his white shirt soaked with blood.

“Holy shit. Holy shit, this happened in my family.”

That’s how Harvind Kaur Singh said she felt in September after being told that her cousin was beaten only a few blocks away from his house in Darien, a suburb 25 miles outside of Chicago, where he has lived for 27 years. Mukker, held by his seatbelt, was trapped like a hamster in a cage.

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Inderjit Singh Mukker after he was attacked.

“People need to always find a way to put a face on the hatred,” she told me recently, referring to the slurs that were yelled at her cousin. She ran her pink fingernails through her long, black and brown hair. “How does a 17-year-old have so much hatred in his heart?”

The attack on Mukker is the most high-profile anti-Sikh hate crime in the nation since the FBI started recording the data in 2015. This year, for the first time since 9/11, violence against Sikh Americans—who are often mistaken for Muslims by their attackers—is not just considered collateral damage in the pursuit of Islamophobia, but broken out it into its own category in federal reports.

The new hate crime data collection training manual distinguishes between anti-Arab, anti-Hindu, anti-Muslim, and anti-Sikh hate crimes. Here’s the detailed (and well-sourced) blurb for what constitutes a Sikh:

Mentioning a dastarr and kanga may not seem momentous, but consider that before this year, incidents of hate-fueled violence against Sikhs were stuffed into the numbers of anti-Muslim hate crimes. For most of the 2000s, the more than 300,000 American Sikhs in the nation were forced to grapple with a question: How do you feel like you count as a citizen when crimes against you aren’t even counted?

Everything changed on August, 5, 2012, when white supremacist Wade Michael Page opened fire at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, killing six and catapulting violence against an often ignored people into the spotlight.

“When you have the spotlight and the nation’s sympathy is with you, you essentially get one request,” said Simran Jeet Singh, religion fellow at the Sikh Coalition, a group formed to protect the civil rights of American Sikhs. Reforming the FBI statistics, Singh said, was the stricken community’s one request. Enough was enough. The FBI had essentially said attacks against Sikhs weren’t significant enough to be tracked separately, but the massacre of six innocent Sikhs proved otherwise.

Today the doors on the temple are locked, there have been $75,000 in security additions (24 cameras, bullet-proof windows, safe rooms that can house 500), and Sikh Americans have the dignity of being a statistic.

“If we were to address the ignorance, and people just knew who Sikhs were, then would xenophobia end?” asked the Sikh Coalition’s Jeet Singh. “We know from history, unfortunately, xenophobia doesn’t work that way. People who are bigoted are bigoted.”

The shooter’s motive will never be known for sure. He killed himself before he could be arrested.

Anti-Sikh sentiment was amplified after 9/11—there were an estimated 200 cases of anti-Sikh hate in the days after the terrorist attack, according to a Sikh organization—but it wasn’t born in the rubble. The price of wearing a turban was not a new phenomenon. In the ‘70s Sikhs were called Khomeini (Iran), then Saddam Hussein (Iraq), then bin Laden (Saudi Arabia), and now—for example, when aiding Syrian refugees—as ISIS. Even in India, “Sardar jokes,” which are basically blonde jokes, are rattled off at the expense of Sikhs.

Last month, a photoshopped selfie of Canadian Sikh Veerender Jubbal, making him appear to be one of the Paris terrorists, went viral. In the doctored photo, Jubbal’s iPad was changed to a Quran and his flannel shirt was now covered by an explosive vest.

The earliest case of bigotry directed at Sikhs in America can be found in the forgotten Bellingham riots of 1907 (explored here by Slate). Indian immigrants from Punjab–predominantly religious Sikhs who didn’t drink alcohol–were accused of stealing logging-industry jobs from white Americans in the Pacific Northwest. Whites rounded up hundreds of Sikhs, beat them up, and kicked them out of town. One startlingly racist front page of The Puget Sound American chronicled these “hindu hordes invading” in a story headlined “Have we a Dusky Peril?” (Image provided by the South Asian American Digital Archive.)

When police first responded to the scene of Mukker’s attack, there wasn’t an immediate understanding that racial bias was involved. To the officers it was just an incident of “road rage.”

A few days later, after outcry from the Sikh Coalition and a more thorough review of the evidence, the State’s Attorney’s Office filed a hate crime charge. (The teen also faces five counts of felony aggravated battery—one for punching a police officer who arrived at his house to arrest him). It is unlikely the case will be moved to an adult court.

Mukker’s cousin, Harvind Kaur Singh, said she wasn’t surprised that authorities had to be prodded into adding the hate crime charge. She has two daughters, 11 and 7, who keep their hair long, while her husband wears a turban. She said that the girls often ask about what happened to Mukker, who they call their uncle.

“He’s afraid. That doesn’t go away,” she said. “My kids are afraid.”

Harsimran Kaur, legal director of the Sikh Coalition, said the police’s initial oversight was telling: prosecutors and law enforcement must be culturally competent enough to understand that being told things like “go back to your country!” is evidence of bias. It’s not enough to notice that Mukker was beaten senseless. Motive matters.

To prove a hate crime, prosecutors have to show evidence of religious-fueled malice at the moment of violence. When an attacker yells a racial epithet, this becomes obvious.

“I’m appalled and disgusted by this decision,” Mukker had said before the hate crime charge. “What happened to me on Tuesday night is the definition of hate.”

Mukker hasn’t spoken much publicly since the incident, though he has returned to work now. His 20-year-old son told the Chicago Tribune,“Respect your elders and there is no point in hating.”

Family from India landed in Chicago the day after his brutal attack, a visit planned months earlier. They were shocked that something like this could happen in America. I asked whether Mukker is angry. There’s a common, though misguided, refrain for Indian immigrants in the face of racism: America will never be our country.

“It’s not the Indian in them or the faith in them that’s keeping them from being American,” she said. “It’s other people. It’s other people who are having a hard time accepting that they’re American.”

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Sikh Man Attacked in Poland Another Sign of Islamophobia Affecting Sikhs

A Facebook post by a Sikh man detailing abuse he received in Poland has gone viral and made news the world over.

Navjot Sawhney of Malmesbury states he was punched and spat on by a bouncer of Krakow nightclub Shakers due to his appearance and a perceived association with terrorism. This story reiterates an issue Sikh PA have been attempting to have discussed in wider, more public spheres; Sikhs are among the biggest victims of Islamophobia due to connotations between a beard/turban and terrorists.

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Sikh PA Receives ‘Media Services Award’

Monday 30th November 2015, London, UK – Sikh Press Association press officer Jasveer Singh was named winner of the Media Services award at a historic Gurpurb event held at the Houses of Parliament last week, hosted by The Sikh Network, Sikh Federation and All Party Parliamentary Group.


The event was attended by MP’s Fiona Mactaggart, Pat McFadden, John Spellar, Emma Reynolds, Keith Vaz, Stephen Timms, Kate Green, Seema Malhotra, Marie Rimmer, Jonathan Ashworth, Imran Hussain, Khalid Mahmood, Julian Knight, Bob Blackman.


Jasveer Singh says, “It is impossible for me to accept this award as an individual, as everything I have done has been part of a team effort. We would humbly like to thank The Sikh Network for this recognition. The Sikh Network is an organisation which encompasses many sevadars representing various organisations that work hard on panthic matters, making this award all the more special”.


Sikh Press Association advisor Randeep Singh collected the award and said, “The Gurpurb celebrations in parliament were fantastic and the perfect occasion to highlight the contribution of those tirelessly working for the Sikh community”. 


Jas Singh of the Sikh Network says, “Through identifying a gap to better connect with and be represented by the mainstream media, Sikh PA have aided the Sikh community. The organisation was launched just a year ago. In that year, they have been bridging that gap and Jasveer has been covering key Sikh issues nonstop. His tireless accurate reporting and coverage has been a huge asset to both the Sikh Community and the wider UK public. Although Jasveer is awarded the recognition, we also acknowledge the excellent contribution by the whole Sikh PA team.”


The Sikh Press Association was formally set up in February 2015 with a remit to provide an interface between the mainstream media and the Sikh community, delivering publicity for the panth. During this time we have received lots of support from the community as well as a growing number of mainstream media outlets and journalists.


Sikh PA work under the banner of charity Everythings13 and are run entirely on donations.


Sunny Singh, Director of Everythings13 says, “It was lovely to see Jasveer being recognised for the work he has done. It’s a great responsibility to ensure that the Sikh community have fair media representation and receiving this award from well-respected organisations in the Sikh community provides the Sikh PA with greater encouragement that it’s making a positive impact.”


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Fears rise over possible hate crimes targeting British Sikhs following Paris attacks – International Business Times

By Priyanka Mogul (@PriyankaMogul)


Several British Sikh organisations have warned against potential hate crimes targeting Sikh men in the aftermath of the Paris attacks. Concerns were raised following incidents of Sikh men being mistaken for terrorists in the US as fears spread over the Islamic State (IS) attack in France on 13 November.

Sikh leaders noted a possibility of similar incidents of hate crime occurring in the UK as Sikh men are visibly identified by their turbans. Many pointed out that while most people are aware of the difference between Muslims and Sikhs, some remain less knowledgeable, resorting to cases of “mistaken identity”.


We need to make it apparent that this isn’t about trying to single out Muslims from Sikhs. It is about removing the perception that brown people could be terrorists
– Jagmeet Singh, Basics of Sikhi

“The Paris attacks have put the Sikh community on alert,” Gurjeet Singh from the Sikh Federation UK told IB Times UK. “As turban wearers Sikhs are one of the most visible communities, whenever terrorist incidents linked to Islamic groups occur, Sikhs are subject to hate crimes that can range from verbal abuse to physical attacks on individuals and gurudwaras (Sikh places of worship).”

Many Sikhs in the UK agreed that hate crimes against Sikhs worldwide had increased following 9/11. Jagmeet Singh from the Basics of Sikhi, an organisation that educates people on Sikhism, said that the UK had already begun to see Sikhs being subject to hate crimes after the Paris attacks. He noted an incident shortly after the Paris attacks where a Sikh woman was accused of being an IS member when travelling on the Tube, despite her not wearing a turban. Singh said that this showed how “anyone with brown skin could be a target”.

“With the Sikh male identity being so visible, practising Sikhs are likely to be obvious targets,” said Singh. “Sikhs need to engage more with the media and the general public to show who the men in turbans and with beards actually are. We also need to make it apparently that this isn’t about trying to single out Muslims from Sikhs. It is about removing the perception that brown people could be terrorists. Anyone is capable of bad, no matter a person’s race or religion.”

Other British-Sikh groups echoed Singh’s views, saying that the increase in hate crime was not only a problem for Sikhs. They noted that people with “brown skin, uncut beards, and turbans” have all become synonymous with terrorists. Varinder Singh Bola, a member of the Sikhs Against the EDL group, said that attempting to make a distinction between Sikhs and Muslims would only play into the hands of far-right groups.

“The Sikh community across Europe might find itself more vulnerable to xenophobic and racist attacks than other BME (black and minority ethnic) communities due to their distinct physical appearance,” said Bola, who is also a Councillor in the London Borough of Redbridge.

“However, asking for special treatment from openly racist and Islamophobic groups at the cost of other faiths would not only be politically naïve, but morally wrong and against the teachings of Sikhism. Nobody should have to be a victim of crime due to their gender, race, religion or sexual orientation.”

Meanwhile, City Sikhs referred to the rise in “abhorrent” crimes against British Muslim women following the Paris attacks. Chair of the organisation Jasvir Singh said that although there had been “growing anxiety” among British Sikhs, all hate crimes based on religion must be condemned.

Lord Singh of Wimbledon has reportedly echoed concerns of possible hate crimes against British Sikhs after the Paris attacks. According to the Network of Singh Organisations, Lord Singh has raised the issue with the UK government. While the Home Office said that it was unable to comment on private correspondence, it noted that crime motivated by hatred over a person’s religious beliefs was “deplorable”.

A spokesperson for the Home Office said: “We will work with the police to provide a breakdown of religious based hate crime as part of the data recorded by the police. This will ensure that in the future there is accurate data on crimes committed against people because of their faith and race, including crimes committed against Sikhs.”

If you or someone you know has been a victim of hate crime in the UK, you can report it online

Fake Image of ‘Sikh suicide bomber’ is no joke – International Business Times

Respected journalist Hardeep Singh tackles the issue of Sikhs becoming victimised because of a stigma attached to the Sikh identity


It’s a tragic irony that the identity of the Khalsa is today being conflated with that of Islamic extremism – a force it fought so strenuously against.


There is good reason Veerender Jubbal, a Canadian Sikh, fears for his safety following publication of a doctored selfie of him in a ‘suicide vest’ holding a copy of the Quran. The image was presented as taken by one of the suicide bombers shortly before the Paris terror attacks – deliberately conflating Sikh identity with that of an Islamic extremist.

I, like many, feared for Jubbal’s well-being. Sikhs in America have faced the brunt of backlash,especially in the aftermath of major Islamic terror attacks. Jubbal fell foul of the most vindictive of pranks, making him a legitimate target for hate and violent reprisals.


Arrested Sikh Leaders not allowed Lawyers – Hindustan Times

NOTE – The featured picture is not an image of any of the Sikhs mentioned in this article.

Punjab lawyers on Saturday criticised the Punjab government for not allowing the advocates to meet Sikh leaders, who have been booked on sedition charges and are currently lodged in various jails in complete violation of their fundamental human rights.

Addressing a press conference here, a group of lawyers, led by Amar Singh Chahal and Harpal Singh Cheema, said the advocates defending people against state repression, wrongful killings and false implications in criminal cases are not being allowed by the Punjab government to meet the accused in jails.

“It is unheard of that a person who has been arrested in a criminal case is not being allowed to meet his lawyer in the jail to prepare his defence,” said lawyers.

The lawyers claimed they have been denied permission to meet Sikh leaders Dhian Singh Mand, Mohkam Singh and Bhai Gurdeep Singh Bathinda who were arrested recently by Punjab Police on sedition charges. “I was also denied permission by officials when I went to meet Jagtar Singh Hawara in Tihar Jail on Friday in New Delhi. How can we prepare our defence, if we are not able to meet our own clients”, asked Cheema.