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British Sikhs Released Without Charge In Terrorism Case

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TWO COVENTRY men, arrested by counter terrorism officers in dawn raids following a murder in India, have been released without charge.

The men – aged 27 and 29 – were arrested after police swooped on the Holbrooks area in July last year.

Counter-terrorism officers also seized two men from Smethwick and Wolverhampton, as part of the same police investigation.

Those arrested were interviewed at Willenhall Police Station, in Chace Avenue.

Following questioning, all four men were released on police bail and have now been released from bail without charge.

The men were arrested on suspicion of the murder of Rulda Singh in Patiala, India in July 2009.

Mr Singh, a high profile public figure and the Punjab chief of Rashtriya Sikh Sangat (RSS), died a fortnight after being shot outside his home.

Indian media reported the 62-year-old father-of-three was shot five times in his abdomen and forehead during the attack.

Two men in the Punjab have already been charged in connection with Mr Singh’s killing. Both are reported to have links to a Sikh extremist group.

The West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit leads investigations where it is believed the offences may have been ideologically motivated.

West Midlands Police said this case was being handled by the Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) because of its potential links to Sikh extremism.

In December, West Midlands Police officers made their second visit to India, as part of the investigation.

Officers said the latest visit to India had been “very productive”.

Speaking of the latest developments, Detective Superintendent George Tracey, who is leading the inquiry, said the investigation is on-going.

He added: “This is a complex international investigation. Our inquiries are ongoing and we remain in close contact with the Indian authorities.”

Speaking at the time of the men’s arrests, Shinder Thandi, head of economics, finance and accounting at Coventry University and the founder editor of the Journal of Punjab Studies, said there has been growing tensions between the RSS and Sikh organisations in India.

He said: “The RSS is an extremist right-wing organisation that tries to claim Sikhism is not a separate religion and it is, if anything, the militant wing of Hinduism. The RSS have always denied the diversity of the Sikh religion.

“There are Sikh organisations who argue the RSS is using tactics in the Punjab to create confusion between the Sikhs and Hindus.”


Edited by dalsingh101
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Nah HSD. Some Sikhs are bullet proof mfs! Even if this one was a Hindufied brother.

I remember an old boss of mine got shot 5/6 times in an armed robbery and still survived! lol

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