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Ram Singh, Bhai

One of the Nankana Sahib martyrs (1890-1921)


was born on 15 Assu 1947 Bk/29 September 1890, the son of Bhai Jhanda Singh and Mai javan, a Kamboj couple of Nizampur, in Amritsar district. He learnt Punjabi in the village gurdwara and Urdu in the primary school. Bhai Ram Singh was a devout Sikh and duly received the rites of Khalsa initiation. From speeches he heard at a religious divan at Gurdwara Khara Sauda, Chuharkana, he learnt about the deplorable conditions of the Sikh shrines at Nankana Sahib under the control of the hereditary mahants or custodians. He forthwith had his name registered as a volunteer and proceeded to Nankana Sahib when called up for the liberation of these shrines. He joined the squad of Bhai Lachhman Singh Dharovali and attained martyrdom in the firing which took place inside the compound of Gurdwara Janam Asthan on 20 February 1921. The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee settled upon the widow a pension of Rs 75 per annum.

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