Unheard Voices – Premiere of Documentary on the Sikhs’ Thirty-Year Long Wait for Truth and Justice


London, UK, 24th June 2014 - UNITED SIKHS will premiere tonight on Sangat TV the first episode of a three-part documentary series ‘Unheard Voices’, which tells the story of how Sikhs continue their 30-year wait for justice for the thousands of innocent pilgrims who were killed by the Indian Army and for the restitution of the Sikh Reference Library, whose contents were removed before it was burnt by the Army during the attack on the Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple) Complex. This massacre of pilgrims took place during the Indian Army attack, codenamed Blue Star, on Darbar Sahib from the 1st of June to the 6th of June 1984, killing thousands whilst desecrating the sanctum sanctorum of Sikhs.

The Sikh Reference Library burning after its contents were removed by the Indian Army in June 1984 A truck of dead bodies of Sikhs killed by the Indian Army in June 1984

The first episode, ‘The Smoking Gun Recovered’, presents eyewitness accounts of how the contents of the Sikh Reference Library, which was located in the Darbar Sahib complex and which held the invaluable heritage of the Sikhs, were removed by the Indian Army before it was burnt during the June 1984 attack. The Library housed historical saroops of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, the eternal Sikh Guru, one of which was dated 1604,

In 1991, the Government of India, under pressure from Sikhs for the return of their heritage, returned some 29 books, which included four original Accession Registers that were a catalogue of the Library's contents. The Registers were the 'smoking gun' that proved that the Library's contents, including the Saroops of Guru Granth Sahib Ji, were removed by the Indian Government before the Library was burnt. Despite a Punjab and Haryana High Court order in 2004, the Indian Government has failed to return the contents of the Library. You may watch a trailer of the first episode at www.youtube.com/UNITEDSIKHStv

This 20-minute episode of ‘The Smoking Gun Recovered’ will be premiered on Sangat TV via Sky 847 (Europe) on the 24th of June 2014 at 8.30pm BST and repeated on Friday the 27th of June at 9.00 to 9.30pm. It will also be viewable online at www.Sangattelevision.org and on You Tube at www.youtube.com/UNITEDSIKHSTV The remaining two episodes of the Unheard Voices series – ‘In the Line of Fire’ and ‘A Body of Evidence’ will be premiered on Sangat TV in July, on a date to be announced at www.facebook.com/UNITEDSIKHS.org and www.twitter.com/unitedsikhs

Trailers of this documentary series are now viewable at www.youtube.com/UNITEDSIKHStv

UNITED SIKHS seeks your support so that we may advocate for the restitution of the Sikh Reference Library whose contents were removed by the Indian Army before it was burnt in June 1984 and to deliver justice for the thousands of innocent victims who perished at Darbar Sahib in June 1984. Donate at www.unitedsikhs.org/donate.php

Issued by -
Mejindarpal Kaur
International Legal Director

For more information about the Documentary Unheard Voices and UNITED SIKHS, visit www.unitedsikhs.org To arrange media interviews, please contact Mejindarpal Kaur at law@unitedsikhs.org

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