Shaheed Bhai Nishan Singh Kawar

Babbar Khalsa

Bhai Nishan Singh is from a poor family, living in the village of Ransikke district Gurdaspur. Bhai Sahib was born on 16th January 1969, in the house of Sardar Charan Singh and from the womb of Mata Balbir Kaur. Due to being born in a Gursikh family, Sikhi was installed in every single blood drop of Bhai Sahib. Sardar Charan Singh had 4 daughters and 2 sons, including Bhai Sahib. Bhai Sahib studied up till 5th class at the local government school, and after passing 10th class, Bhai Sahib went to Amritsar to thank almighty god at Sri Darbar Sahib. From here onwards Bhai Sahib started visiting Amritsar regularly, and attending the seminars of Sant Jarnail Singh Ji Bhindranwale.

The attack on Sri Harimandir Sahib in June 1984, had affected Bhai Sahib very deeply, thousands of Sikh pilgrims were killed mercilessly by the Indian army, who were under the command of Indira Gandhi. This act of the Hindu government had left the Sikhs of India feeling like strangers in their own country. To place the fallen Turban of the Sikhs back on their heads, many Sikh youths jumped into the battlefield with their assault rifles and fought for freedom or for martyrdom. Being religious, and seeing the destruction of Sri Akaal Takht Sahib, Bhai Sahib also wanted to join his Jhujaru brothers in fighting for freedom. Soon Bhai Sahib had come in contact with Jhujaru Singhs of his area and joined them to serve justice to the killers of the Sikhs. Bhai Sahib had become an active member of the movement, but Bhai Sahib was still living at home.

Bhai Sahib was arrested by the Jhabbal police along with Bhai Gurnam Singh on suspicion. The police charged both singhs with fake cases and sent them to Gumtala Jail. While in jail, Bhai Sahib met Bhai Manjit Singh Gurdaspuri of Babbar Khalsa and they would regularly speak on how to progress towards Khalistan. Roughly a month later, Bhai Sahib and Bhai Gurnam Singh were released, but the Indian security forces did not stop harassing Bhai Sahib and his family. Then Bhai Sahib had realised that he won’t be able to do sewa within the Sikh Freedom Movement from home, he left behind the luxuries of home and broke all attachments with his family to serve the Sikh panth with their lives. Bhai Sahib joined Babbar Khalsa. Bhai Sukhdev Singh Babbar made Bhai Manjit Singh Gurdaspuri the area commander of Gurdaspur and Bhai Sahib was made the area commander of Dera Baba Nanak. Now the Indian security forces started arresting and torturing the family members and relatives of Bhai Sahib. These injustices of Punjab police did not sway Bhai Sahib from the path of freedom. In the end, the day came which every Jhujaru Singh awaits, the day of martyrdom.

On Friday the 11th September 1992, Bhai Sahib was resting at a house in the village of Halla Chaiyan, when all of a sudden the Indian security forces in their thousands surrounded Bhai Sahib. A battle erupted and Bhai Sahib fought for many hours but due to limited ammunition, Bhai Sahib attained shaheedi. A Shaheedi Smagam is held every year in 11th September in the village of Ransikke by the family in remembrance of Shaheed Bhai Nishan Singh Ransikke.

Khalsa Fatehnama- September 2015