Shaheed Bhai Gajan Singh Lalli alias Bhai Dasanda Singh

Bhindranwala Tigers Force of Khalistan/ Khalistan Liberation Force

The team discovered some photos and in these photos we saw Punjab police showing the assault rifles and other weapons that they had got from Shaheed Jhujaru Singhs, in one of the photos a police inspector was holding an AK47 and the assault rifle had a flag with the writing, “BTFK Lt. Gen Gajan Singh urf Dasanda Singh urf Lalli, Village Basarke Gill.” Upon seeing this photo, we decided to find this martyrs family and write his biography and here it is with the blessings of Dhan Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj.

Bhai Gajan Singh Lalli was born in the house of Sardar Shingara Singh and from the womb of Mata Gurbachan Kaur, in the village of Basarke Gill, district Amritsar. Bhai Sahib was the youngest of 3 brothers and one sister. Bhai Sahib never went to school to study, the family being poor Bhai Sahib started helping his father in the family farms. Due to Bhai Sahib being the youngest son, he was loved by everyone especially his mother, Mata Gurbachan Kaur. From a young age Bhai Sahib started taking part in Kabbadi and strongman events. Bhai Sahib was a top Kabbadi player and had earned respect by playing on a state level. Bhai Sahib had taken Amrit from Panj Pyare in his childhood and always did his Nitnem plus other prayers. Bhai Sahib always wore a round Taksali turban, this was due to having great amount of love for Sant Jarnail Singh Ji Bhindranwale and the Shaheed Singhs of Dam Dami Taksal.

In June 1984, the Indian army attacked Sri Darbar Sahib and made thousands of Sikhs martyrs. This was a step forward to tame down the free voice of the Sikhs that was asking for equal rights. After this, Sikhs were butchered on the streets of India, Sikh Men were burnt alive after they were made to watch the women in their families gang raped by Hindu mobs. After this the words of Sant Jarnail Singh Ji Bhindranwale were ringing in every Sikhs ears, “The day Indian army brings their shoes onto the Parikarma and try to demolish Sri Akaal Takht Sahib, the foundation of Khalistan will be laid.” Thousands of Sikhs around Punjab and abroad picked up assault rifles and fought the Hindu government to bring Khalsa Raj. Bhai Sahib was keeping deep interest in the armed movement as he had been extremely saddened after the attack on Sri Harimandir Sahib. By 1987, Amritsar was mostly under the control of Jhujaru Singhs. A great warrior by the name of Bhai Karaj Singh Thande of Bhindranwala Tigers Force of Khalistan was active in Bhai Sahib’s area as the village of Thande is a neighbouring village of Basarke Gill. Bhai Sahib looked up to the pure and clean character of Bhai Karaj Singh Thande and asked to do actions in secret under Bhai Thande. From here on Bhai Sahib started putting his contribution into the Khalistan armed movement, but Bhai Sahib was still living at home and ding actions in secret. Soon the police informants and traitors of the Sikh panth were onto Bhai Sahib and the Punjab police started harassing Bhai Sahib and his family regularly. Bhai Sahib had enough of the police brutality and left home completely to do sewa for Khalistan full time. Bhai Sahib did actions under the command of Bhai Karaj Singh Thande for almost a year and a half.

In this time, even when Bhai Sahib’s age was very young he always did the actions he was assigned to by the Jathebandi. On many occasions Bhai Sahib attacked CRPF checkpoints and made their bases extinct. In the year of 1989, Bhai Sahib did the train action at a train station in the village of Rurhasal, near Patti. Bhai Sahib and fellow Jhujaru Singhs stopped a train travelling from Khemkaran to Amritsar and killed all the CRPF soldiers on board and took all their weaponry. During this action some Hindu business men were killed too. After this action, the whole Indian security forces were hunting Bhai Sahib and the Jhujaru Singhs of his group like mad dogs. Many special operations were done to catch Bhai Sahib dead or alive. By now Bhai sahib had many of his fellow Jhujaru Singhs made shaheed by Indian security forces. After Bhai Sahib joined Khalistan Liberation Force and started doing actions under the command of Bhai Anar Singh Para and Bhai Nishan Singh Makhu. Bhai Sahib served the Khalsa panth through the armed struggle till his last breath and showed bravery at all times. During his Jhujaru life, Bhai Sahib did sewa with Jhujaru Singhs such as Bhai Kashmir Singh Ghulli from village Goindwal, Bhai Bikramjit Singh Bikar Fauji from village Basarke Gill, Bhai Anar Singh Para, Bhai Harbhajan Singh Mand and Bhai Nishan Singh Makhu.

On 26th October 1991, Bhai Sahib along with 7/8 fellow Jhujaru Singhs were resting in the sugar cane fields of Makhu village, near Khadur Sahib. As normal the CRPF convoy was passing on its daily search for Jhujaru Singhs. Bhai Sahib could not stand the sight of Indian soldiers and when he saw them he would send them to do their duty in hell. Hence when Bhai Sahib saw this convoy of CRPF, he signalled fellow Jhujaru Singhs to attack. Following Bhai Sahib’s directions, Bhai Kashmir Singh Ghulli opened fire on CRPF and Bhai Sahib followed. A fierce encounter had started between the two sides. Bhai Kashmir Singh Ghulli had been shot in the leg and was heavily bleeding, but that did not him from returning enemy fire. The CRPF had sent messages via the wireless set for more reinforcements and they soon had just under a thousand Indian soldiers surrounding these some of Guru Dasmesh Sahib. Knowing the heavy presences of the enemy, Bhai Sahib told fellow Jhujaru Singhs to make their escape as he gave them cover fire. Bhai Kashmir Singh Ghulli told Bhai Sahib that he will to fight side by side with him and help Jhujaru Singhs escape. In the end only Bhai Sahib and Bhai Ghulli were left and they fought like lions and gave their martyrdom shouting the slogans of, “Khalistan Zindabad.” After the martyrdom of these 2 warriors of Khalistan, the Punjab police cremated both bodies in the presence of their families in the village of Thhathhe, near Makhu.

Information given by the family of Shaheed Bhai Gajan Singh Lalli