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Herewithin is a news article published 10/28/2000 regarding 2 Sikhs arrested and charged with the 1985 Air India bombing.
Also included is an original poem composed by Harmohanjit Singh Pandher dedicated to those who perished in this very tragic incident.
Now, will the arrests answer the author's query and: "fulfill the dwindling hope that justice 'delayed' does not necessarily mean justice 'denied'"?
Will the verdict be for justice or injustice for this most heinous act?
My thoughts and prayers remain with the families, friends and loved ones of those who perished in this horrible incident.
May those responsible suffer a worse death than their Sikh Gurus and martyrs. Perhaps these criminals should be blown apart like those poor, innocent and unfortunate souls that perished.
Shyrone Kaur Singh
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Air India 15th Anniversary
(poem) Sikh-History Discussion Forum
Author: Harmohanjit S Pandher
From Vancouver to New DelhiTo the dead of the Irish Sea,Divers scan for black boxes,As a plan by black-hearted foxesBlows up in their unsightly faces?While widows wail on a nightly basis. A suitcase full of explosives,A long list of possible motives,A throng of relatives at the airportHear their families fatal report,As the bereaved crash to their knees?
Ashes already scattered in the seas. Some may know who's at faultBut their secret's in a vault?Who has the spine to unlock it?Who's lining their back pocketWith the blood of those passengers?Who's silencing all the messengers? The justice system shares the blame,Its slow incompetence is a shame?
How can we lay their souls to restWithout a single charge or arrest?"ASAP", said the RCMP and CSIS? Flight 182 remains in pieces.Our sole glimmers of consolation,In this 15-year murder investigation,Are those 658 omniscient eyesExposing in the heavenly skies The devils behind this heinous sin?The death of Canada's innocence.
by: Harmohanjit Singh Pandher
Burnaby, BC, Canada[ Source: Indian Express
June 23, 2000 marks the 15th anniversary of the world's largest act of aviation terrorism and the largest mass murder in Canadian history. The bombing of Air India Flight 182 killed all 329 innocent men, women and children on board. With each passing day, the idea that the families of those victims will ever see justice looks more and more like a pipedream. The sad truth is that this nightmare could have ended long ago if the political will had been there from the outset. 15 years is indeed a long time, even for our federal, snail-like bureaucracy and a justice system that's anything but swift. Who knows how many grieving grandparents and parents have passed away in the intervening years with question marks striking at their hearts?
It's time to lift the shroud of secrecy on this investigation, have a Royal Inquiry into the matter, and finally show some respect to the bereaved. And in the process, perhaps, fulfill the dwindling hope that justice 'delayed' does not necessarily mean 'denied.'
- Harmohanjit Singh Pandher ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Saturday, October 28, 2000
Official 'happy' over arrests in Air India bombing MUMBAI: An Indian civil aviation official Saturday said he was happy that Canadian authorities had arrested and charged two Sikh men with killing 329 people aboard an Air India flight in 1985. Sanat Kaul, joint secretary of civil aviation, said the arrests, after 15 years of investigations, were "a very good development. "We are happy that the 15-year-long investigation has borne fruit. The Canadians have been in touch with us regularly and have been asking us for information which we have been providing.
"It took a long time for the culprits to be caught," he said. "Since the crime was committed on Canadian soil I guess they have jurisdiction to try the culprits. We have yet to get a full report of the latest developments." Air India officials declined comment. Ripudaman Singh Malik, 53, and Ajaib Singh Bagri, 51, were arrested in Vancouver on Friday the bombing.
Air India Flight 182 left Toronto on June 23, 1985, stopped in Montreal and was en route to New Delhi and Bombay when it exploded off the coast of Ireland.
Ripudaman Singh, a wealthy Vancouver business man, is linked to a Sikh fundamentalist group. Sagri was aide to the Sikh extremist leader Talwinder Singh Parmar, a former Vancouver resident killed by Indian anti-terrorist forces on October 15, 1992, according to police. The two suspects were also charged with the murder of two baggage handlers at Tokyo's Narita airport, killed the same day in 1985 when a suitcase due to be loaded on to another Air India flight exploded prematurely. In addition, the men are charged with the attempted murder of the passengers on that flight, Air India's Flight 301, which was headed from Tokyo to Bangkok. Police had already established a link between the two attacks.
Police suspicions have long rested on radical elements of Vancouver's Sikh community, where around half of Canada's 200,000 Sikhs live. The presumed terrorists are believed to have been seeking revenge for the deaths of more than 1,000 Sikhs at the hands of Indian troops in the June 1984 Amritsar Golden Temple massacre.