ARŪṚ SIṄGH (1890-1917), also known as Doctor Rūṛ Siṅgh, described in British government records as "a dangerous man, " was born the son of Arjan Siṅgh in 1890 at Saṅgvāl, a village in Jalandhar district of the Punjab. Working as a compounder in a veterinary hospital at Jalandhar, he came under the influence of Bantā Siṅgh of his own village who was a member of the Ghadr revolutionary party. Arūṛ Siṅgh resigned from the hospital and became a Ghadr activist. In collaboration with Bantā Siṅgh, he tampered with the railway lines and cut telephone wires near Sūrānasī railway station. He learnt bomb-making from Javand Siṅgh, of Naṅgal Kalāṅ. Soon warrants for Arūṛ Siṅgh's arrest were issued. He worked underground for two and a half years, exhorting the people to rise against the alien government. During this period, he killed one government informer and seven policemen. On 2 November 1916, he went to meet a friend of his in Lahore Jail, where he was immediately recognized and apprehended. Tried in the Lahore Conspiracy Case III (1916), he was, on 4 January 1917, sentenced to death with forfeiture of property, and was hanged shortly thereafter. During his trial he refused to defend himself; rather he openly confessed to his revolutionary activity.


  1. Jagjīt Siṅgh, Ghadar Pārṭī Lahiṛ Delhi, 1979
  2. Puri, Harish K. , Ghadar Movement. Amritsar, 1983

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