It was on September 6, 1995 that Khalra, whose probe into the extrajudicial killings had by then caught the United Nations’ attention, was kidnapped by the Punjab Police personnel. He was killed on October 27 and his body disposed of in Harike. A Patiala court in 2005 convicted six policemen of his murder. The verdict was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2011.
Now, 25 years later, following a push from the local Sikh populace, four cities in Canada — Regina, Burnaby, Brampton and Westminster – and one in the US – Manteca — have announced to observe ‘Jaswant Singh Khalra Day’ on September 6. The UK-based Sikh Press Association is also observing Khalra week beginning August 30.