Press statement of Simranjit Singh Mann, President, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar)
Our party is surprised that Mustafa Dosa has died in prison custody of the Maharashtra Government. He had asked for medical treatment, which was denied by the state government and when he was extremely ill he was taken to a hospital in Bombay. Our party feels that he died an unnatural death which was induced by the authorities. Similarly Abu Saleem has also been convicted by a court and the prosecution has sought the death penalty for all the accused. Our party is against the death penalty.
Abu Saleem and his girl friend Ms Bedi were extradited from Portugal by the Union Government which assured the Portuges Government that those extradited from Portugal would not be given capital punishment, as Portugal being a member of the Europen Union has as per the E U’s policy abolished capital punishment.
Now we do not understand why the prosecution in this case has sought capital punishment when the Union Government has given a solemn undertaking to Portugal that the accused would not be given this extreme punishment which extinguishes life.
Our party has always stood for the abolition of capital punishment. We think that going back on this assurance the Modi Government would spoil its relations with Portugal and E U. Such a grave punishment would also act against the Hindu states prisoner in Pakistan namely Jadhav who has also been sentenced to death by the Pakistan military court. Our party as stated opposes capital punishment.
Our party would also want to know why Sanjay Dutt was not tried under TADA as these Muslim prisoners were tried. He was a co-accused with them. There is a hue and cry that the Muslim’s in THIS (Theocratic Hindu Indian State) are being persecuted and being lynched under the ultra right wing BJP-RSS Union Government with Premier Narinder Modi at the head.
Our party wants to put it on record that if the assurance given to Portugal about death penalty is not made good, the BJP-RSS’s government would be condemned internationally and in the future the extraditions from foreign countries would stand to be annulled. We do hope all governments concerned would take note of the assurances that the Hindu state gives on conditions of extradition and other treaties, protocols and covenants.
Simranjit Singh Mann,
Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar)