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Bhai Hazara Singh

Bhai Hazara Singh (1902 - 1921), one of the Nankana Sahib martyrs, was born on 15 Poh 1958 Bk/27 December 1901, the son of Bhai Lal Singh and Mai Nand Kaur, farmers of Chakk No. 64 Bandala Nihaloana, in Lyallpur (now Faisalabad) district, in western Pakistan. Hazara Singh was drawn into the Sikh movement for the reform of Gurdwara management, then raging in the Punjab. He joined the jatha (group of volunteers) of Jathedar Lachhman Singh of Dharovali which, on 20 February 1921, met with a savage fate at the hands of the assassins hired for the purpose by the custodian of the Sikh shrine of Nankana Sahib. Some of the jatha were roasted alive upon a pile of firewood sprinkled with kerosene oil. Hazara Singh was one of the three persons who could be recognized even after the blaze had swept through them.

Hazara Singh was survived by his wife and infant daughter. The family declined to receive any relief or pension sanctioned by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee for the martyr.

 

Reference: Shamsher, Gurbakhsh Singh, Shahidi Jivan. Nankana Sahib, 1938.

 

Saka Nankana Sahib

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