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Bhai Indar Singh Pandori Nijharari

Bhai Indar Singh (1881 - 1921), one of the Saka Nankana Sahib martyrs, was born on 27 January 1881, the son of Bhai Sarmukh Singh and Mai Sukhdel of Pandori Nijharari in Jalandhar district. He learnt reading and writing Punjabi in the village gurudwara, and grew up into a strong-built, tall and sturdy young man. He seemed ideally suited for a career in the army which he did join (36th Sikh Battalion), but took out his discharge in two years' time. He participated in the historic Sikh gathering at Dhavovali on 13 October 1920. He had his name registered as a volunteer in the batch (jatha) led by Bhai Sundar Singh, Jathedar of his own village, for the liberation of the Nankana Sahib shrine. He fell a martyr in the compound of Gurdwara Janam Asthan in the raining bullets on 20 February 1921.

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

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