BHĀG SIṄGH, BHĀĪ (1872-1914), one of the leaders of the Punjabi immigrants in Canada, was born at the village of Bhikhīviṇḍ, in Amritsar district. His father's name was Naraiṇ Siṅgh and mother's Mān Kaur. Bhāg Siṅgh joined the British Indian cavalry at the age of twenty, receiving a discharge certificate of meritorious service when he resigned. Thereafter he served in the municipal police at Hankow, China, for about three years, resigning from the service to go to Canada, where he settled in Vancouver. He was elected president of the Khālsā Dīwān Society of Vancouver. He and Balvant Siṅgh, of Khurdpur, became leaders of the Indian community in Canada and continued to campaign for its rights. Bhāg Siṅgh was once arrested by the immigration authorities but was released as the charges against him could not be substantiated. On 5 September 1914, Bhāī Bhāg Siṅgh was shot dead in the Gurdwārā, as he sat reciting the Gurū Granth Sāhib, by Belā Siṅgh, a tool in the hands of Inspector William Hopkinson of the Canadian immigration department, whose attitude towards Indians was very hostile and insulting. Bhāī Bhāg Siṅgh's murder was avenged by Mevā Siṅgh, of Lopoke, who killed Inspector Hopkinson at a hearing in the appellate court. A group of Sikh revolutionaries took the revenge on Belā Siṅgh, pursuing him back to the Punjab and killing him in his village.


  1. Jagjīt Siṅgh, Ghadar Pārṭī Lahir. Delhi, 1979
  2. Saīṅsarā, Gurcharan Siṅgh, Ghadar Pārṭī dā Itihās. Jalandhar, 1969

Sohan Siṅgh Josh