Bibi Gurdev Kaur

Gobind Ram's atrocities came to light nationwide when he ordered the arrest of Bibi Gurdev Kaur (wife of Bhai Kulwant Singh Babbar). Bhai Kulwant Singh Babbar was underground at the time.

On August 21, 1989, a van with tinted windows came and parked in front of the Parbhat Finance Company, Amritsar, where Bibi Gurdev Kaur worked. Six armed men got out of the van and approached Bibi Gurdev Kaur, ordering them to get in the van. When the Bibi Gurdev Kaur demanded to know who they were, one man identified himself as Lakhwinder Lakha, ASI. He said that the police party had come from Batala police station and Bibi Gurdev Kaur would have to come with him. When Bibi Gurdev Kaur began to make a scene, the police threw her into the van. Bibi Gurdev Kaur dastar was ripped off and used to tie her arms and her kirpan was also taken off.

The van arrived at the notorious Beco Torture Centre in Batala at 7pm. When Bibi Gurmeet Kaur went inside, she saw SSP Gobind Ram beating a Sikh youth with a rod. When he saw Bibif Gurdev Kaur enter, he immediately came towards her and hit Bibi Gurdev Kaur in the stomach with his rod. Bibi Gurdev Kaur collapsed onto the ground and began to bleed from her private parts. The bleeding did not stop for several days. Gobind Ram kept hitting Bibi Gurdev Kaur in the stomach without saying a word for five minutes. He then gave the rod to another Inspector whom he ordered to hit Bibi Gurdev Kaur in the joints. The next torture to begin was the "ghotna" where a heavy log is rolled on the thighs with men standing on top, which results in ripped muscles. In Bibi Gurdev Kaur's own words, "Then they put a heavy roller on my thighs and made a few policemen stand on it, while others rotated it. I kept on screaming but they hit me with belts and kept on asking me the whereabouts of my husband Kulwant Singh."

Bibi Gurdev Kaur was severely tortured for two days. Gobind Ram kept demanding to know where Bhai Kulwant Singh Babbar was. But Bibi Gurdev Kaur kept repeating that she did not know, but Gobind Ram was not satisfied. Bibi Gurdev Kaur tortured until she fell unconscious. She was then revived and tortured again.

When Bibi Gurdev Kaur was nearing her death, the police secretly took her to the government hospital and left her there. Bibi Gurmeet Kaur's right leg was paralysed and she had been kept awake since her arrest. Someone was called from the outside to massage their limbs so they could regain some sensation again. Gurdev Kaur could not walk but was forced to do so. In the hospital, a merciful lady doctor took care of Bibi Gurdev Kaur and also informed her family.

News of all this reached the media and all political religious and social organizations condemned Gobind Ram's actions. When finally Bibi Gurdev Kaur refused to hand over any Singh, she was threatened with being killed. By now though, because the press had gotten wind of the arrest, she was indicted in a false case and sent to jail. After some time, she too was released.

Because Bibi Gurdev Kaur received the best care possible, she was saved from death, but for the rest of her life she would face health problems.

Human Rights organizations condemned Gobind Ram for his brutal treatment of these two women. He claimed that no torture had occurred and both were kept in a "Guest House". KP Gill, the Director General of Punjab Police announced, "The reports against SSP Batala, Gobind Ram by members of Panchyats and Sarpanches (community leaders) were false. There is no truth in them. This was propaganda against the police officers. This was verified after investigations. There were such reports against other honest and hardworking police officers [as well]."

When no action was taken against Gobind Ram, and he continued to torture and maim at will, the Singhs took it upon themselves to finish this rabid dog. Gobind Ram was killed on January 10, 1990 in a massive bombing.

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