HAZĀRĀ SIṄGH, BHĀĪ (1902-1921), one of the Nankāṇā Sāhib martyrs, was born on 15 Poh 1958 Bk/27 December 1901, the son of Bhāī Lāl Siṅgh and Māī Nand Kaur, farmers of Chakk No. 64 Baṇḍāla Nihāloāṇā, in Lyallpur (now Faisalābād) district, in western Pakistan. Hazārā Siṅgh was drawn into the Sikh movement for the reform of Gurdwārā management, then raging in the Punjab. He joined the jathā (corps of volunteers) of Bhāī Lachhmaṇ Siṅgh of Dhārovālī which, on 20 February 1921, met with a savage fate at the hands of the assassins hired for the purpose by the custodian of the Sikh shrine of Nankāṇā Sāhib. Some of the jathā were roasted alive upon a pile of firewood sprinkled with kerosene oil. Hazārā Siṅgh was one of the three persons who could be recognized even after the blaze had swept through them.

         Hazārā Siṅgh was survived by his wife and infant daughter. The family declined to receive any relief or pension sanctioned by the Shiromaṇī Gurdwārā Parbandhak Committee for the martyr.


    Shamsher, Gurbakhsh Siṅgh, Shahīdī Jīvan. Nankana Sahib, 1938

Gurcharan Siṅgh Giānī