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Chet Singh, Bhai
A Martyr of the Nankana Sahib Massacre (1891-1921)

Son of Bhai Javala Singh and Mai Ram Kaur, was born on 28 May 1891 at Bundala, in Amritsar district. In 1899 the family migrated westward to Chakk No. 64 Nihaleana, in the newly colonized Lyallpur district. Chet Singh studied up to the 5th standard in the village school. He grew up into a handsome, tall and fair-complexioned young man interested in manly sports.

He took the vows of the Khalsa in early manhood and participated in the liberation of Gurdwara Bhai Joga Singh at Peshawar (5 February, 1921). Returning home, he learnt that his younger brother Kehar Singh had registered himself with the jathi of Bhai Lachhman Singh Dharovali set to liberate Gurdwara Janam Asthan at Nankana Sahib. Chet Singh persuaded Kehar Singh to stay back and went himself to take his place in the jatha which was massacred wholesale by the hirelings of the local custodian, Mahant Narain Das, on 20 February 1921.

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