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Sundar Singh, Bhai
One of the Nankana Sahib Martyrs (1881-1921)

Belonged to Nizampur Deva Singhvala, near Dharovali in Sheikhupura district. His original name was Sudh Singh. He was the son of Bhai Chanda Singh Kamboj and Mai Hukami and was born in July-August 1881, at their ancestral village Nizampur in Amritsar district. The family had shifted as colonizers to Sheikhupura district during the mid-1890's.

Sudh Singh took the vows of the Khalsa at Sri Akal Takht, Amritsar, and received the new name of Sundar Singh. He attended the Dharovali conference on 1-3 October 1920 and participated in the liberation of Gurdwara Khara Sauda on 30 December the same year. He also joined Bhai Lachhman Singh Dharovali's jatha for the liberation of the Gurdwara Janam Asthan at Nankana Sahib and fell a martyr to the bullets of the opponents of reform on the morning of 20 February 1921.

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