Information on the political orientation, history, evolution and current status of the All-India Sikh Student Federation (AISSF), and on whether its members have had difficulties with the police or other governmental authorities in the last three months [IND26043.E]

Information on the AISSF in the last three months could not be found among the sources consulted by the DIRB.

For information on the above subjects, please consult the following Responses to Information Requests, which are available at Regional Documentation Centres and on the SHARENet database: IND21027.E of 11 August 1995 on the Akali Dal and its relationship to the AISSF since 1993; IND20380.E of 4 April 1995 on the current legal status of the AISSF; IND19561.E of 17 January 1995 on the AISSF membership and membership cards; IN19033.E of 22 December 1994 on the structure and membership of the AISSF; IND18765.E of 25 October 1994 on the Mehta-Chawla faction of the AISSF; IND18640.E of 7 October 1994 on the treatment of AISSF members by police outside Punjab; IND18054.E of 30 September 1994 on the Mehta-Chawla faction of the AISSF; IND17990.E of 30 September 1994 on the AISSF (Manjit) and the AISSF's belief in armed struggle; IND17758.E of 2 August 1994 on the Manjit Singh faction of the AISSF; IND17053.E of 14 April 1994 on the treatment of the AISSF leadership and membership by police outside Punjab; IND11005 of 25 May 1992 on the legal status of the AISSF; IND4596 of 14 March 1990 on AISSF factions and their commitment to militant action; IND2445 of 30 October 1989 on the legal status of the AISSF; IND1879 of 23 August 1989 on the AISSF; and IND1873 of 7 September 1989 on the membership, leadership and policies of the AISSF.

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.

Sources Consulted

Asian Survey [Berkeley, Calif.]. Monthly. August-November 1996.

Current History [Philadelphia]. Monthly. August 1996-January 1997.
DIRB. February 1996.

India: Sikhs in Punjab 1994-1995.

_____. Indexed Media Review [Ottawa]. Weekly. July 1996-present.

_____. "India" country file. August 1996-present.

_____. "India: Amnesty International" country file. June 1996-present.

Extremist Groups: An International Compilation of Terrorist Organizations, Violent Political Groups, and Issue-Oriented Militant Movements. 1996.

FBIS (Internet)

Human Rights Watch World Report 1997. 1996.

India Today [Delhi]. Fortnightly. November 1996-present.

Keesing's Record of World Events [Cambridge]. Monthly. August-November 1996.

News from Asia Watch [New York]. Monthly. 1996-present.
Office of Asylum Affairs, United States. June 1996.

India: Comments on Country Conditions and Asylum Claims.

Shiromani Akali Dal. 30 August 1996. Memorandum to the Canadian Department of Immigration.

On-line search of media sources.