Shaheed Bhai Yadwinder Singh Yadu
Shaheed Bhai Yadwinder Singh Yadu
Khalistan Commando Force
On 8th July 1959, Bhai Yadwinder Singh Yadu was born into the house of Sardar Gurtej Singh and Mata Harbans Kaur in the village of Fatehgarh Panjtoor, district Moga. Bhai Yadu had four older brothers Bhai Karamjit Singh, Bhai Dharamjit Singh, Bhai Paramjit Singh and Master Nirmal Singh and a younger sister Bibi Harjit Kaur. Bhai Yadu was born into a normal farming family and his grandfather used to be a Zaildar and his father was a Patvari. Bhai Yadu studied at the local government school up to the 9th class and after finishing his studies Bhai Yadu started to help his family with farming.
In his early days, Bhai Yadu made friends with local gangsters who would often get into fights, arguments and land disputes. In 1983, due to a fight he was involved in, Bhai Yadu was sent to Una jail. When the Indian army attacked Sri Darbar Sahib happened in June 1984, Bhai Yadu was still serving his sentence in Una jail. Bhai Yadu was released from jail towards the end of 1984 and returned home to his village. Just like all other Sikh youth, Bhai Yadu was also very hurt and saddened by the news of the army attack on Sri Darbar Sahib in which countless Sikhs became martyrs. At that time, the Sikh freedom fighting groups were very active in his area, so Bhai Yadu started to secretly get involved in Jhujaru actions with them.
Bhai Yadu was very brave natured and would never get scared during a Jhujaru action. At first Bhai Yadu came in contact with Bhai Harbhajan Singh Mand and Bhai Kulwant Singh Kala, who he would secretly join in Jhujaru actions. The first action Bhai Yadu did was at Dharamkot’s petrol pump, where he killed 5 people from the Narakhdhari cult who had openly challenged Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj and the Sikhs. This Jhujaru action was done by Bhai Yadu alone. Punjab police quickly found out Bhai Yadu was behind this action and tracked him down to his house. A case was filed against Bhai Yadu and he was sent to Ferozepur Jail.
In those days many of Jhujaru Singhs were in jails all over India, Bhai Yadu came in contact with even more Jhujaru Singhs during his time in jail and his network of fearless Sikh freedom fighters grew even bigger. After a year in Ferozepur jail, Bhai Yadu was released on bail. However due to Bhai Yadu staying active within the Khalistan movement, he was once again arrested in 1988 and sent to jail. In 1989, Bhai Yadu’s family payed his bail and he was released. Bhai Yadu’s family thought marrying him would keep him at home, and following this thought Bhai Yadu married Bibi Satbir Kaur from village Noorpur Hakima. In this marriage Bhai Yadu saw the birth of his daughter, Bibi Navjot Kaur on 3rd April 1991. Bhai Yadu’s family thought after getting married, he would stay at home and fulfil his family responsibilities.
However, looking out for the right time, Bhai Yadu said his final Fateh to his family and went underground permanently. Bhai Yadu joined the Jhujaru Singhs of Khalistan Commando Force under the command of Bhai Gurjant Singh Rajasthani’s group and became involved in Jhujaru actions. Bhai Yadu punished many police informers, traitors, police officers and other Indian security personnel. Some of Bhai Yadu’s actions were very intense and he would never show any mercy to the anti-Sikh elements. Some of the prominent Jhujaru generals Bhai Yadu served under the command of were, Bhai Harbhajan Singh Mand, Bhai Kulwant Singh Arifke, Bhai Gurdev Singh (village Satiya Wala), Bhai Malkit Singh (village Malkhai) Bhai Chain Singh (village Jassa Singh Wala), Baba Gurbachan Singh Manochahal, Bhai Nihal Singh Poonia, Bhai Nishan Singh Makhu, Bhai Gurbachan Sigh Aahlan and many more Jhujaru Singhs.
Due to the fierce reputation of Bhai Yadu and his brave Jhujaru actions, his family faced unlimited harassment at the hands of the Punjab police. Bhai Yadu’s family members would often be arrested and tortured by the Punjab police to get Bhai Yadu to surrender himself or to attain information of his location so he could be captured. Bhai Kanwaldeep Singh Raju alias Raat Singh who was Bhai Yadu’s nephew (only son of Bhai Karamjit Singh), had also joined the movement with Bhai Yadu. Bhai Kanwaldeep Singh attained martyrdom with two of his Jhujaru companions in an encounter with the Indian security forces in the village Makhu. Bhai Hardeep Singh Mal (village Akalian Wala, Dharamkot, district Moga) who was Bhai Yadwinder Singh’s Mama, Sardar Gurdial Singh Numberdar’s son was also underground with Bhai Yadu and later attained martyrdom in 1991, while he was travelling in a car from Dharamkot to Zira with his wife Bibi Mandeep Kaur. A police informer had given up their location, and the Punjab police caught them and made them martyrs in a fake police encounter.
During his peak time in the Jhujaru movement, Bhai Yadwinder Singh Yadu took responsibility for many Jhujaru actions. Bhai Yadu spent a lot of time in Uttar Pardesh serving the Sikh Nation with his close companion Bhai Satnam Singh Satta. At the time the Punjab police had a bounty of 5.5 Lakh Rupees on Bhai Yadwinder Singh Yadu’s head.
On 5th May 1992, Bhai Yadwinder Singh Yadu was with his companion Bhai Paramjit Singh Pamma (village Daroli, near Dharamkot, Moga) and a few other Jhujaru Singhs were on their way to a village Birjo Manjola, district Nainital, Uttar Pradesh to rest and eat at someone’s house. The house owner had informed the police that Bhai Yadu was coming to rest here with his Jhujaru Singhs, so the police had surrounded the area before they arrived. Bhai Yadu and his Jhujaru brothers had just entered the house and were washing their hands when the police opened fire on them. Bhai Paramjit Singh Pamma was hit by the police bullets and attained martyrdom instantly. Bhai Yadwinder Singh Yadu was shot in the arm and leg, however he managed to get out of the house and into the farms. The Punjab police had set up cordons all around the area, Bhai Yadu told his remaining Jhujaru brothers to escape while he gave them cover fire. Bhai Yadu himself managed to escape 2 kilometres away the house, he was severely injured and his body had become very weak due loss of blood, to avoid being caught alive by the police, Bhai Yadwinder Singh Yadu swallowed a cyanide capsule and attained martyrdom.
Information given by the family of Shaheed Bhai Yadwinder Singh Yadu