Information on the type and level of police activity at present in Jharianwal village and generally in Gurdaspur district, Punjab [IND26730.E]

Information on the above-mentioned subject is limited among the sources consulted by the DIRB.

In a 28 April 1997 letter sent to the DIRB by electronic mail, a professor specializing on the Sikhs in Punjab who teaches at the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri in Colombia, Missouri, was of the opinion that the 14 March 1997 bombing near the Jalandhar railway station (see the attachment article to Response to Information Request IND26731.E of 2 May 1997), would have sparked intensified police surveillance in Gurdaspur district. However, he stated that he was unaware of specific police activity in and around the city of Batala at present (ibid.).

According to a 5 April 1997 Associated Press (AP) report, 27 kilos of heroin was seized from a villager in Gurdaspur district. The name of the village, however, was not identified in the report (ibid.).

No information could be found on Jharianwal village among the sources consulted by the DIRB.

This Response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This Response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum. Please find below the list of sources consulted in researching this Information request.


Associated Press (AP). 5 April 1997. "Police Seize Heroin Near Pakistan Border ." (NEXIS)

Professor of political science, University of Missouri, Colombia. 28 April 1997. Internet electronic mail sent to the DIRB.


Associated Press (AP). 5 April 1997. "Police Seize Heroin Near Pakistan Border ." (NEXIS)

Additional Sources Consulted

Amnesty International Report 1996. 1996.

Amnesty International. March 1996. Amnesty International and India.

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 1996. 1997.

DIRB Country File. 1997-.

The Europa World Year Book 1996. 1996.

Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports.

Human Rights Watch World Report 1997. 1996.

India Today [New Delhi]. 1997.

News from Asia Watch/HRW. April 1996.
Human Rights Watch (HRW). April 1996.

Communal Violence and the Denial of Justice.

Three sources consulted did not provide information on the above-mentioned subject.

On-line search of news articles. (NEXIS and Internet)

* The above-mentioned sources do not include the sources consulted in DIRB's documentary India section.