Bhai Gurtej Singh

Respected Khalsa

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh

In these difficult times for the love and encouragement that you have given us, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. No matter how dreadful the times are, with God's blessings the Khalsa has and always will help the Singh's in need. The help that you are providing to the Singh's is one of the best Sewa (services).

My name is Gurtej Singh, son of Sardar Dilbagh Singh, grandson of Sardar Sardool Singh hailing from village and post office Pakharpur Tehsil (County) and District Amritsar. My family consists of my parents, my two sisters and my brother; my siblings are all younger than me. In our village we use to have four acres of the family land but by 2003 they had dwindled down to only two acres. Those two acres were the source of our bread and butter and it was not enough. So I left to Germany, while in Germany I maintained my appearance as Sikh and kept the company of Gursikh brothers. The enemies of the Panth had me deported in 2005. Upon returning to India I started to live with Bhai Saroop Singh in Chandigarh rather than going home and burdening my family. While I was living there I learnt to read Gurbani and practiced doing Paath. In 2008 a Sikh brother on his own expenditure called me to Germany on a two month visa. Being an Amritdhari and with the lack of paperwork it was difficult to get a job but with God's Blessings and the love of Sangat I got the duty in the Gurdwara. In April 2008 I came back to my village.

In these days, a dreadful thing happened. Baljit Kaur (Chandigarh) got sick and so I went to give her money that the Sangat had given to me. After having paid Baljit Kaur Ji a visit, I came back to my village and started farming again. Having barely settled into my routine a Singh acquaints of mine requested I pay him a visit. I was on my way to see him at the bus stop of Nikodar at 20:30 when the police abducted me.

When a bird is caught by a hunter's net it can flutter and get its feather's torn but it can't attain freedom. In the same way is the treatment of Amritdhari Sikh youth by the Punjab Police and the Government of Delhi. I too suffered at their hands. Whilst (illegally) detained I would repeatedly ask why I was being detained to the reply "we are doing our inquiries". Reaching the ICA Jagraon, who was going to question me, I was unaware of what was going to be asked, but what happened to me I had only read about in books. My hands were tied with my own turban and I was then tortured with the use of electric shocks and had it put to me that I had lots of weapons in my possession and that I had been to Pakistan, and asked how many men I had with me. I had only one answer, I had nothing and nor have I been to Pakistan and nor did I have any companions. They did not want to hear anything of the sort and they split my legs as far apart as they could injuring my groin, they beat me with a cane, swore at me and used several other methods to torture me. At the end of which I was falsely accused and charged with 139, 150, 114 (criminal offences) and sent to jail in July 2008. In March 2009 the Chandigarh police took me and put another case on me.

Back home my mother and father are struggling to get by and with me in prison are having great financial difficulty. We are sitting here hoping that one day God will listen to our prayers. It is my belief that in Gods house there is neither lateness nor darkness. Whenever someone with a true mind remembers God, he helps.

I would like to thank you once again. Please accept my Fateh.

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh