Shaheed Bhai Ranjit Singh Rana Bihala
Shaheed Bhai Ranjit Singh Rana Bihala
Bhindranwala Tigers Force of Khalistan
“Jad Dulda Khoon Shaheeda Da,
Takdeer Badaldi Kauma Di.
Jad Khopar Lohande Ranbian Naal,
Tasveer Badaldi Kauma Di”
“When the blood of martyrs falls
The fortunes of nations change.”
Sikh heroes from the past through to the present have taken the tradition or martyrdom introduced by ‘Shaheedan De Sartaj’ Sri Guru Arjun Dev Ji Maharaj forward and sacrificed their lives to earn the honour of being a Shaheed. Countless Sikhs of all ages, brave warriors and heroes have stood up to give a powerful response against oppression and tyranny. From these Bhai Ranjit Singh Rana travelled this path and sacrificed his life for the cause.
Bhai Sahib was born in the village of Bihala, district Hoshiarpur to father Sardar Jujhar Singh and from the blessed womb of Mata Gurneet Kaur. Bhai Sahib was an intelligent and good natured child who gained his primary education from the local village school of Bihala. As he was a skilled football player, he enrolled at school in the neighbouring village Bham. After completing the tenth grade, he enrolled in the Sports Wing Football Academy at Mehalpur. Bhai Sahib also learned how to drive a truck and became a highly skilled driver. After approximately two years working as a driver he again enrolled as a football player at D.A.V College in Hoshiarpur from where he received wide recognition as a highly skilled player.
On account of being a Gursikh, Bhai Sahib was constantly targeted by the Police. On many occasions he was taken to the Police Station and brutally tortured. Bhai Sahib considered the torture as the blessing of Waheguru and continued on his path for justice and freedom from oppression. He was blessed with Amrit from the Panj Pyare and as ordained by Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj, Bhai Sahib became armed and ready to challenge the tyranny of the Government.
To stand for human rights and truth, Bhai Sahib became a servant of the Panth and began to fight for the justified rights of the Sikh nation. He met with the Dusht Sodh Khalistan Commando Force to give his services towards the ongoing struggle. The group had become a formidable force in the district of Hoshiarpur and beyond and Bhai Sahib was one of their most fearless and intelligent fighters. He was well known for his great endurance on account of his sporting background. Bhai Sahib was a highly respected figure within the movement and was loved by the people of Hoshiarpur for his brave and heroic actions. He eventually met with Bhai Sukhwinder Singh Sangha of the Bhindranwale Tiger Force of Khalistan who was impressed with his discipline and effectiveness as a fighter. Both groups were combined and Bhai Sahib was appointed as the area commander of BTFK (Sangha) in Hoshiarpur. The corrupt Police of the district were incredibly fearful of Bhai Sahib’s name as he stood for the rights of the people regardless of their caste, creed or status. Bhai Sahib punished countless enemies in accordance with Gurmat.
For the Government, Bhai Sahib was an outlaw because he did countless actions against their corrupt system. But as an outlaw, a reward of fifty thousand rupees was put on his head. This did not affect Bhai Sahib in the slightest as Singhs heads are not made for walking around with pride, they are made for either sacrifice or for leadership. To capture Bhai Sahib, butchers like Gobind Ram tried many ways to entice him, but the blessed Sikh of the Guru did not get enticed by greed. At night he would continue his service for the Panth by fearlessly fighting for rights and justice against the traitors and enemies of the nation.
This is the law of nature. Where there are flowers there are also thorns. Where there is no shortage of empathy from fighters, there is also no shortage of traitors. Traitors hunger for Government rewards and jobs caused the bodies of our fighting brothers to be separated from us.
On 21st August 1989, Bhai Ranjit Singh Rana along with Bhai Prem Singh Gill (Village Kaulgarh) were preparing for an action and were staying at a house in village Chak Narial near Mehalpur. Following the actions of a traitor, the C.R.P got information of their location. Both warriors were surrounded and during an eight-hour encounter, they fought with full determination and force. After an outstanding display of strength, at the end of the battle Bhai Ranjit Singh Rana and Bhai Prem Singh Gill attained martyrdom. Whilst doing Seva for the Panth, no one had been able to capture them alive.
Sant Sipahi – December 1990