Kapur Singh, Bhai
One of the Martyrs of Jaito (D. 1924)
Was born around the turn of the century, the son of Bhai Variam Singh Brar and Mai Nand Kaur, a peasant couple of village Lande in the present Farldkot district of the Punjab. He took pahul of the Khalsa and joined the first shahidi jatha, or a band of Akali volunteers, ready for martyrdom, who were marching towards Jaito, a town in the then Nabha state, to win the right of freedom of worship in the historical Gurdwara Gangsar there. As the jatha approached the outskirts of Jaito on the morning of 21 February 1924, it was fired upon by the state security forces. A bullet pierced Bhai Kapur Singh’s body through the hips. Some comrades carried him to Gurdwara Tibbi Sahib where he succumbed to his injury. The state police took away his body for mass cremation along with twenty odd other victims of the firing. Bhai Kapur Singh was unmarried and had already lost his parents.