Shaheed Bhai Gurcharan Singh Chardikala

Khalistan Commando Force

Bhai Gurcharan Singh was born in the year of 1962, in the house of Sardar Mehen Singh and from the womb of Mata Sanpuran Kaur in the village of Raju Bhela, near Chak Sharif, district Gurdaspur. Bhai Sahib was the youngest of 5 brothers Bhai Apaar Singh, Bhai Ajit Singh, Bhai Gurmeet Singh, Bhai Satnam Singh and Bhai Sahib was the youngest. Bhai Sahib was born in the family of Gursikh farmers. Bhai Sahib studied up to 10th class at a school in the neighbouring village of Jagowal. Bhai Sahib was very much interested in the Sikh struggle and always kept up to date with latest issues.

Bhai Sahib was so deeply attached to Sikhi and in 1981 he went to study at the headquarters of Damdami Taksal at Chownk Mehta to learn Santhaya of Gurbani. Shortly after Bhai Sahib took Amrit from the Panj Pyare and started living a life of a Gursikh. It was at Chownk Mehta, Bhai Sahib met Sant Jarnail Singh Ji Khalsa Bhindranwale and learnt Gurbani, Katha and Kirtan. In the short time Bhai Sahib was at Chownk Mehta, he had learnt many Sikh prayers by heart and was progressing very fast in Gurbani Santhaya. Bhai Sahib was very good in Katha, explaining Sikh history. As well as doing Katha, Bhai Sahib also did good Kavishari too.  Bhai Sahib had also memorized most of the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj. Sant Jarnail Singh Ji Khalsa Bhindranwale saw the love that Bhai Sahib had for Sikhi and was really impressed with Bhai Sahib. During the Dharam Yudh Morcha, as the Sikhs would gather at Sri Manji Sahib Hall, Bhai Sahib would tell the Sikh congregation of the Injustices that were being committed on them by the Indian government.

Bhai Sahib was known as one of the main Singhs of Damdami Taksal. Bhai Sahib also did Sewa as one of the Panj Pyare, during Amrit Sanchars at Chownk Mehta. Bhai Sahib would travel village to village, preaching Sikhi and holding Amrit Sanchars. Sant Jarnail Singh Ji Khalsa Bhindranwale and other Singhs of Damdami Taksal gave Bhai Sahib the name of Chardikala, as he was always in high spirits. When the Indian army attacked Sri Darbar Sahib in June 1984, Bhai Sahib was at Chownk Mehta. The attack on the Sikh throne, Sri Akaal Takht Sahib and the killing of thousands of innocent Sikhs had a deep impact on Bhai Sahib and he wanted justice, even if it meant that he had to deliver justice himself. After the Sikh genocide of November 1984, Bhai Sahib left his home and family to fight against the Hindu government and for Khalistan, a country where Sikhi and Sikhs will remain safe.

Bhai Sahib joined Khalistan Commando Force and started doing actions under the command of Bhai Rashpal Singh Fauji. Bhai Sahib did many brave actions and the Indian security forces were scared of the name of Bhai Sahib. Soon the Punjab police put a reward of Bhai Sahib for 25,000 Rupees. After Bhai Sahib had gone underground, the Punjab police targeted his family. The family members of Bhai Sahib were blindly tortured for his information. Bhai Sahib’s brother, Bhai Gurmeet Singh had his bones broken by Punjab police. Even after these injustices, Bhai Sahib continued to do actions in high spirits. Bhai Sahib was very close to Jhujaru Singhs like Bhai Bawa Singh Raju Bela, Bhai Rashpal Singh Fauji, Bhai Jaspal Singh Khera and many more.

In December 1987, Bhai Sahib was going to Chownk Mehta to carry out some Sewa for his group. Bhai Sahib was unarmed and this information had been given to the Punjab police. As soon as Bhai Sahib reached Mehta and as soon as he got off the bus, he was arrested by the police. After being arrested Bhai Sahib was taken to a secret interrogation centre and for many days was tortured for the information on Jhujaru Singhs of Khalistan Commando Force. Bhai Sahib took on all of the torture of the enemy and did not reveal anything to Punjab police. In the end on 13th December 1987, Bhai Sahib was taken to the village of Vairowal, near Nagoke and made a martyr in a false encounter. The body of Bhai Sahib was not given to the family.

Information given by the family of Shaheed Bhai Gurcharan Singh Chardikala