Shaheed Bhai Satnam Singh Satta Kairon

All India Sikh Student Federation/ Khalistan Commando Force

Bhai Satnam Singh Satta was born in the house of Sardar Mehar Singh and from the womb of Mata Gurbachan Kaur in the village of Kairon, near Patti, district Tarn Taran. Bhai Sahib was the only brother to 4 sisters. Sardar Mehar Singh provided for his family by working on his farms. Bhai Sahib studied up to 8th class at the local school of Kairon village. Later Bhai Sahib started helping his father in he farms. In 1986, Bhai Sahib had his Anand Karaj with Bibi Manjinder Kaur, Bhai Sahib saw the birth of his 2 children, daughter Bibi Manpreet Kaur and son Bhai Mulakhjit Singh.

In his teen age, Bhai Sahib started visiting Sri Harimandir Sahib regularly and had taken Amrit from the Panj Pyare during the Dharam Yudh Morcha. Bhai Sahib was from the Patti area, it is here after the attack on Sri Harimandir Sahib in June 1984, the local Sikh youth fought against the Indian government for Khalistan in large numbers. Even after being married, Bhai Sahib continued to part take in actions related to the Sikh freedom movement. Bhai Sahib was very close to the Jhujaru Singhs of All India Sikh Student Federation Patti Unit. Shortly after seeing his commitment to the Sikh nation, Bhai Sahib was selected as the President of AISFF Patti Unit.

In 1987, the Punjab police arrested Bhai Sahib from his home address, due to his heavy involvement in Khalistan related actions. Bhai Sahib was charged with many cases by the police forces of Sarhali, Jhabbal, Tarn Taran, Patti and Kairon, after which he was jailed at Gumtala Central Jail. While in Gumtala Jail, it was Bhai Sahib’s wife who took care of the legal process of his case and in 1989, Bhai Sahib was released on bail.

After being released, Bhai Sahib tried to live his family life at home and reduced his Khalistan related activities. But the Punjab police did not let Bhai Sahib live at home in peace. Any Jhujaru action that happened in Bhai Sahib’s area, the Punjab police would raid his house and arrest him, the police would also humiliate his family. At the police station Bhai Sahib would be tortured and later released without a charge. It was from here Bhai Sahib started doing actions under Baba Bakshish Singh Sona Jhujaru group, Khalistan Commando Force. Bhai Sahib had left home to avoid the daily harassment of himself and his family by the Punjab police. But the Punjab police did not stop harassing his family, and due to this inhumane treatment of the Punjab police, Bhai Sahib’s family also started staying away from their house to avoid police harassment. Bhai Sahib was the only son to his parents and only brother to his 4 sisters but even then, Bhai Sahib gave the struggle for freedom the priority.

It was a foggy day on 25th January 1990, and Bhai Satnam Singh Satta Kairon was with his Jhujaru brother, Bhai Dilbagh Singh Bagha (village Dhagana, district Patti) in the outskirts of village Kairon. Both Jhujaru Singhs were armed and were preparing for next Jhujaru action under the command of Khalistan Commando Force. Suddenly the Punjab police and the CRPF surrounded the Kairon village after they were given the location of these Jhujaru brothers by an informant. Soon as the Jhujaru Singhs saw the Indian security forces, they tried to escape via the south side of the village as there were less police presence here. As they tried to escape firing started, and Bhai Satnam Singh Satta and Bhai Dilbagh Singh Bagha fired back and a fierce battle ensued. In the end, both Jhujaru Singhs attained martyrdom fighting bravely for Khalistan.

After the martyrdom of Bhai Satnam Singh Satta Kairon and Bhai Dilbagh Singh Bagha Dhagana, the Punjab police took their bodies to Patti, but the locals gathered in large numbers and succeeded in getting the bodies of these warriors back. The cremation of Shaheed Bhai Satnam Singh Satta was done by his family in his village of Kairon and the same for Bhai Dilbagh Singh Bagha, his cremation was done by his family also in his home village of Dhagana.

Following day ‘The Tribune’ newspapers reported the police’s account of events stating, “The police said two terrorists on a motor cycle were signalled by the security forces to stop. Instead of stopping they opened fire at them (the Indian security forces). In the exchange of fire, both were killed. One of then was later identified as Satnam Singh, alias Satta, of Kairon village. One AK-47 Chinese assault rifle and 300 rounds of ammunition were recovered from the site.”

Information given by the family of Shaheed Bhai Satnam Singh Satta Kairon