WITNESS 1984

Surinder Singh

  • Witness against former Union Minister and senior member of Indian National Congress party – Jagdish Tytler, who led mob that killed Sikhs during “84' Sikh Genocide"
  • Surinder Singh was the head Granthi of Gurdwara Sahib ‘Majnu ka Tilla’, New Delhi.
  • Surinder Singh had seen and heard Jagdish Tytler telling his supporters on November 1, 1984 outside Gurdwara Sahib Pulbangash “Don’t only loot them but KILL THEM, they have killed our mother"
  • In response to the appeal and assurance from Akal Takht Jathedar Gyani Joginder Singh Vedanti, Surinder Singh  testified about the involvement of Jagdish Tytler in the killings of Sikhs in November 1984 despite continuing threats to his life by Jagdish Tytler and his henchmen.
  • Earlier Surinder Singh backed out from his testimony against Jagdish Tytler’s involvement in killings of Sikhs in November 1984 due to constant threats to his life by Jagdish Tytler and his henchmen.
  • Surinder Singh was forced into signing numerous handwritten, typewritten and blank papers which were later used to contradict his original and truthful testimony before Nanavati Commission
  • One such paper was also used against Senior Advocate H.S. Phoolka.
  • Due to the constant threats from Jagdish Tytler and his henchmen, his son left India and moved to Canada to save his life.
  • At one point the threats and pressure got to such a level that Surinder Singh also fled abroad where he stayed from October 2002 to October 2003.
  • On December 21, 2007, Surinder Singh gave an interview to IBN TV channel and narrated the role of Jagdish Tytler in the “84' Sikh Genocide". After this interview, he was again forced by Jagdish Tytler to sign papers which were later used to file complaint against the channel by a lawyer whom he never retained or authorized to represent him.
  • Surinder Singh’s father and brother under the pressure and threat from Jagdish Tytler asked him to stay quite and state that “I have never seen Jagdish Tytler on November 01, 1984".
  • After the appeal from Akal Takht Jathedar and support from Karnail Singh Peermohammad, President, All INDIA SIKH STUDENT FEDERATION and SIKHS FOR JUSTICE, Surinder Singh re-iterated the original and true statement which gave a full and detailed account of Jagdish Tytler’s involvement in the killings of Sikhs in November 1984.
  • On February 13, 2008, Surinder Singh signed affidavit in front of International media.
  • On February 21, 2008, Surinder Singh’s statement was recorded by CBI.
  • Constant threats pressurized Surinder Singh to fled abroad.
  • With the full support of Sikhs for Justice, on December 23 - 24, 2008, Surinder Singh testified before CBI in New York, USA (By the efforts of Sikhs for Justice, two-member CBI team came to USA to record the statements of witnesses of 1984 Sikh Genocide).
  • After a collective 14 hours of grilling, spanning over two days, Giani Surinder Singh accused harrasment at the hands of the investigating agency.
  • In February 2009, on his return journey to India, his passport was impounded at Indira Gandhi memorial airport.
  • Moreover, he was under constant pressure to change his statement against Jagdish Tytler.
  • Giani Surinder Singh passed away at AIIMS, India on July 13, 2009. He suffered from acute diabetes and depression and died of cardiac arrest.
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