‘I believe in God and the life thereafter. When I die and come before
the 6 million, I will say, I never forgot you…’
Simon Wiesenthal- Auschwitz Survivor And Famous Nazi Hunter.
In the midst of the Canadian Sikh community is a man who was responsible
for the torture of thousands of Sikhs and the deaths of hundreds of
Sikhs at a conservative estimate.
He wears a turban, and in his capacity of Punjab police, courtesy of the
Indian state, he was a team leader in one of the most cruel
interrogation units in the Punjab.
In 1985 Gurmail Singh ‘Bai’ took an 18 year old son in Kerowal, Amritsar
and in front of his mother slit the boy’s throat. The body of the young
Sikh boy was thrown into a jeep. At the time Gurmail Singh ‘Bai’ was SHO
of the City police station. The villagers nearby tried to protest
frantically when they heard the news because of the brutal ways he
killed people. Gurmail Singh killed pregnant women like Joga Singh’s
wife, Kamaljit Kaur Malka, village Batala, Amritsar.
Gurmail Singh ‘Bai,’ as he was known put fear into people’s hearts, was
in charge of Mal Mandi, Amritsar. Interrogation Center. Mal Mandi was
such a brutal interrogation center that it was known as the butcher’s
yard. There was not a normal interrogation involved in any of the so
called interrogation centers throughout India for the Sikhs. They were
torture chambers. Where the torture went on physically for days on end.
Gurmail Singh ‘Bai’ was known as the Butcher Yard’s Team Leader. A
position he relished so that even when he retired from his job as DSP,
he was given special ‘SPO’ status for five years to carry on his good
Over the past decade it emerges that many perpetrators behind the brutal
torture of the Sikhs are still in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. Yet
identifying them amongst their now ‘comfortable’ surroundings is
Simon Wiesenthal spent fifty years and his entire lifetime trying to
identify and name and shame every perpetrator behind the Jewish
holocaust. He often did this without the support of the Jewish state or
Jews world wide. Many institutions even used his name but only a handful
of researchers remained with him.
It may be that some time in the future Sikhs are in a position to
legally make these people accountable for their actions as well as
others within the ‘Indian state.’ In the worse scenario as a torture
survivor says of the perpetrators “the community must make sure that
these people are never allowed to live a normal life. They should be
outcast from our society, from restaurants- wherever people see them in
public- and treated with distant disdain so that they suffer the way
they tortured our people to death.’’
Despite rhetoric from Sikh human rights groups in the West that never
linked and properly developed aid to people in Punjab, the Sikhs are in
danger of letting the perpetrators of the Sikh holocaust.
Wiesenthal, who chased old Nazis into the grave, also said that – even
if someone signed a document to kill the Jews, even if they were a
medic, who was told to cover up the brutal killing of a Jew…all people
within the ‘system’ of fascism is a perpetrator. The Sikhs have not been
able to even identify and record all the direct perpetrators let alone
the ‘chain’ of perpetrators like judges, medics, civil servants,
politicians, administrators, who were the chain of fascism behind the
Sikh genocide. The Sikhs as a community have gone nowhere near to
Gurmail Singh Bai is known to be somewhere in Calgary. Wearing a turban,
in his 70’s. However he is by no means the final perpetrator, although
he does not allow the right to lead a normal life.