Meeting to discuss renaming park after human rights activist from India


A meeting is scheduled to discuss renaming a Bakersfield park to honor a human rights activist from India.

Jaswant Singh Khalra helped expose the disappearance of thousands of Sikh youth who were killed in police custody.

The Bakersfield chapter of the national Sikh nonprofit organization, Jakara Movement, is leading an effort to rename Stonecreek Park in his honor. 

“Jaswant Singh Khalra is a human rights activist in the mid 90’s and he uncovered at least 25,000 youth killings in Punjab region at that time,” said Mandeep Singh. “He was the only Sikh activist in India and in Punjab who did that and we’re very proud of his achievements, he was a Martin Luther King to our Sikh community.”

The group has a town hall meeting planned tonight at 6 p.m. at the park.

Stonecreek Park is located in Southwest Bakersfield, between Stine and Wible Roads, just north of Taft Highway.

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