IN THE TIME OF TERROR

This interactive timeline depicts key moments in the Dhatt case through videos and documents.

1989-07-19 01:00:00

A FALSE ACCUSATION

Iqbal Singh is killed; the description given by the informant does not match or implicate Kuljit Singh Dhatt.

1989-07-23 01:00:00

THE CUSTODIAL KILLING OF KULJIT SINGH DHATT

Punjab Police illegally detain, torture, and kill Kuljit Singh Dhatt. The police admit to this killing to Dhatt's family members.

1989-07-25 01:00:00

FAMILY SEEKS ANSWERS

Kuljit Singh's family meets with Deputy Inspector General (DIG) DR Bhatti, who promises to provide them with information the next day. He does not meet the family again.

1989-07-26 01:00:00

POLICE FABRICATE A STORY

Police record FIR No. 78, stating that they arrested Kuljit Singh, a terrorist, but he escaped during recovery of weapons by jumping into the River Beas, handcuffed.

1989-07-29 01:00:00

POLICE ADMIT TO KILLING

The Dhatt family organizes a protest in Gardiwala, and police officers SPS Basra and Ajit Sandhu make an admission regarding Dhatt's killing. The family meets the officers inside the police station.

1989-08-04 01:00:00

DHATT FAMILY HOLDS A PROTEST

The family of Kuljit Singh Dhatt holds a protest, calling for a high level inquiry into his illegal abduction, torture, and custodial murder.

1989-08-06 01:00:00

LAST RITES FOR KULJIT SINGH DHATT

The Dhatt family holds the religious last rites for Kuljit Singh Dhatt.

1989-08-10 01:00:00

SARPANCHES (VILLAGE HEADS) RESIGN IN PROTEST

Sixty sarpanches resign in protest over the custodial killing of Kuljit Singh Dhatt.

1989-08-18 01:00:00

PARKASH KAUR CALLS FOR A JUDICIAL INVESTIGATION

Parkash Kaur, sister of Indian independence hero Bhagat Singh and mother-in-law of Kuljit Singh's brother, meets with Home Minister Buta Singh, asking for a judicial investigation into the custodial murder of Kuljit Singh.

1989-09-11 01:00:00

HABEAS CORPUS PETITION FILED

Parkash Kaur and Gurmeet Kaur, the widow of Kuljit Singh, file a habeas corpus petition in the Supreme Court calling for an inquiry by a "high judicial authority" and the suspension of the accused police officers until after the inquiry report is submitted.

IN THE TIME OF TERROR

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