NAND SIṄGH, of Rāi kā Burj, a village in Amritsar district, was a soldier in the 23rd Cavalry, with headquarters at Mīāṅmīr cantonment, Lahore. He was one of the sowārs who came in contact with the Ghadr leaders and who raised their hands in meetings to indicate that they would take part in the uprising against the British. According to the plan, the sowārs were to bring arms to a meeting of the Ghadr leaders at Jhāṛ Sāhib on 6 November 1914.

         On 19 February 1915, word was received that a part of the regiment was to be sent to the war front and the depot moved to a new cantonment. On 13 May 1915, as the baggage was being loaded, a box fell and a bomb exploded. The explosion gave the officials the clue to the plan of the sowārs to join the Ghadr revolution. This led to the detention of eighteen men, all belonging to the troops of Dafedār Lachhmaṇ Siṅgh, of Amritsar, and Dafedār Vadhāvā Siṅgh, of Rūṛīvālā. They were court-martialled at Dagshai, in Shimlā hills, and ordered to be shot. Later, the sentences of six, Nand Siṅgh among them, were commuted to transportation for life, with forfeiture of property. The other five were Bishan Siṅgh, Bishan Siṅgh No. 2, Natthā Siṅgh and Kehar Siṅgh, all of ḍhotīaṅ (Amritsar) and Charan Siṅgh, of Ḍhaṇḍ Kasel (Amritsar). They were sent to the Cellular Jail at Port Blair, Andamans, to serve their sentences. Nand Siṅgh died there as a result of the torture which was commonly the lot of the prisoners. He was 26 when he was sent to prison.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

  1. Saiṅsarā, Gurcharan Siṅgh, Ghadr Pārṭī dā Itihās. Jalandhar, 1961
  2. Jagjīt Siṅgh, Ghadr Pārṭī Lahir. Amritsar, 1955

Sohan Siṅgh Josh