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Javand Singh, Bhai
One of the Nankana Sahib Martyrs (1887-1921)

Was born on 22 September 1887, the second of the three sons of Bhai Ala Singh and Mai Bisso of Nizampur village in Amritsar district. His elder brother Gujjar Singh had registered himself as a volunteer for the liberation of holy shrines at Nankana Sahib, but when the call came on 19 February 1920, Javand Singh insisted that he take his brother's place in the jatha led by Bhai Lachhman Singh Dharovali which was allowed. The jatha was killed in the firing on their entry into Gurdwara Janam Asthan the following morning.

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