Khalistan Commando Force (KCF)
Bhai Manveer Singh aka Iqbal Singh aka Hari Singh was born in 1959 at village
Chaheru of Kapurthala District in Panjab. His father Sardar Mohinder Singh
was a well to do farmer and had lived in the village for generations.
Singh completed his primary education at his village school and at Kala
Bakra, village of his maternal aunt; he completed the 10th grade and then
started to assist his father in farming along with his two brothers and
continued to do so for next six years.
During these six years Manveer Singh continuously use to visit her maternal
aunt, Niranjan Kaur, at Kala Bakra village and that is where he came in
contact Giani Joginder Singh of Chak Raju Singh village who was a retired
army officer and son-in-law of Niranjan Kaur. Giani Joginder Singh
encouraged Manveer Singh to take up the baptism, Amrit, and become a True
Sikh of Guru Gobind Singh Ji. Manveer Singh was 19 years of age when the
Nirankari Saka took place in which 13 Sikh's
were shot and killed on April 13th, 1978. This incident left a deep mark on
Manveer Singh's thoughts; he was later married with Bibi Ranjit Kaur. In 1979
at Sodal Gurdwara in Jalandhar, Manveer Singh along with his wife and his
father's younger brother, Karnail Singh, took the baptism from Sant Nihal
Singh Harian wale.
After baptism Manveer Singh started to attend religious classed being
provided by Damdami Taksal at Gurdwara Gurdarshan Parkash, Mehta Chowk and
that is where he met Bhai Mohkam Singh, Bhai Gurbant Singh, Bhai Prem Singh
and Sant Jarnail Singh Ji Khalsa Bhindranwale.
In 1981 a police car followed his motorcycle as he left the grain market
towards his home. The police car caught up to him, pulled him over and then
the SSP of Jalandhar, GurIqbal Singh Bhular questioned Manveer Singh on his
actions and where he was going. After a heated argument Manveer
Singh was arrested but was released on bail by his uncle Karnail Singh who
said that Manveer Singh will show up at Police station tomorrow. After this
incident Manveer Singh left for Sri Harmandar Sahib and met with Sant
Bhindranwale, Manveer Singh told Sant Ji about the Police incident Sant Ji
then told Manveer Singh to stay with them were he would have a duty to serve
in the Langar, after some time Manveer Singh became Sant Ji's bodyguard.
Meanwhile, the Police arrested his uncle Karnail Singh for not bringing
Manveer Singh to police station as promised.
Manveer Singh started staying in room 53 of Guru Nanak Niwas along with Giani
Joginder Singh, Bhai Sant Singh, Bhai Malagar Singh and Bhai Gurtej Singh.
He also came in contact with Bhai Sukhdev Singh Sukha of village Fatu Dinga,
Major Singh Nagoke, Balwinder Singh Khojkipur, Joginder Singh Rode, and
During Operation Bluestar in 1984, Bhai Manveer Singh was not at Sri
Harmandar Sahib. In 1984 he visited the Damdami Taksal headquarters located
at Gurdwara Gurdarshan Parkash and met Bhai Bachan Singh, Sant Singh, Balbir
Singh, Dalbir Singh and Bhai Mohkam Singh. Here he was told that Sant Ji is
alive and so decided to leave for Pakistan.
On 26 January 1986 a Sarbat Khalsa was held under the guidance of the
Damdami Taksal at Sri Akal Takhat Sahib and a number of resolutions where
passed. The main resolution broke all ties with India and it was announced
that it was the goal of the Sikh nation to establish a sovereign Sikh
homeland as envisaged by Sant Jarnail Singh Ji Khalsa Bhindranwale. The
Panthic Committee was formed to overlook the Sikh struggle and the Khalistan
Commando Force (KCF) was instigated to lead the armed struggle for the
liberation of the Sikhs from Indian rule. The KCF's first Chief General was
Bhai Manveer Singh Chaheru who was a member of the
Damdami Taksal and had been a bodyguard of Sant Bhindranwale.
General Labh Singh
It was General Manveer Singh who planned an audacious rescue to free his colleagues
including Labh Singh from the clutches of the Indian Armed forces. On 6
April 1986 General Labh Singh was being escorted by the Indian Police on his
way to a court appearance in Jallandhar when General Manveer Singh and two
other commando's from his unit attacked the police convoy, killing six
security men. This was a real encounter with the Khalsa forces, not the
fictional accounts Indian government dreams up to camouflage its brutal
regime in which only the Singh's are killed and the police don't even
receive a scratch. Thus Labh Singh was rescued from the clutches of the
Indian authorities and became even more determined to fight to free his
nation from the chains of slavery.
During this time Manveer Singh came in contact with many other youth workers,
Singh Jinda, like him who was hurt by the Indian Government for attacking
Sri Harmandar Sahib. In 1986 Manveer Singh and Bhai Balbir Singh Raipur
planned to release Sukhdev Singh Sukha and Sawarnjit Singh from Police
custody. Balbir Singh arranged a car and Bhai Jarnail Singh arranged a jeep
as a get away vehicle. They planned to execute their plan to free both
Singh's from police custody on the day when Sukhdev Singh and Sawarnjit
Singh were brought to court for their monthly hearings. Manveer Singh,
Ajitpal Singh, Balbir Singh Raipur, Rashpal Singh, Jarnail Singh met outside
the courts. Manveer Singh was carrying a sten gun and all other Singh's had
revolvers. When Sukhdev Singh and Sawarnjit Singh arrived under heavy police
protection, Manveer Singh signalled them to go to the washrooms and once they
went Manveer Singh and his partners opened fire on the policemen, six
policemen died on the spot. They were able to free Sukhdev Singh Sukha,
Sawarnjit Singh and Gurinder Singh Bhola.
During this time Manveer Singh also came in contact with a retired army
officer, Major Baldev Singh Ghuman, at Sri Harmandar Sahib and Mehta Chowk.
Major Baldev Singh Ghuman was saddened by the Operation Bluestar Massacre
and wanted to do something to improve the Sikh turmoil in Panjab.
Major Baldev Singh Ghuman
Singh and Baldev Singh Ghuman became good friends and they both respected
and trusted each other. During 1986 Baldev Singh Ghuman became the middle
man and united the AISSF (Ropar Group) and KCF (Chaheru group). But Sarabjit
Singh Ropar, president of AISSF, who was son of a DSP, became a Police
informer and called a meeting at Baldev Singh's house were Manveer Singh was
also invited and on August 8 1986, Manveer Singh was arrested by Police at
the residence of Major Baldev Singh Ghuman in Jalandhar. The Police also
arrested Major Baldev Singh Ghuman, and Charanjit Singh. The raid was
conducted by DSP Sawarn Singh "Ghotna", a well renowned 'butcher' police
officer. After Manveer Singh's arrest Bhai Sukhdev Singh Sukha took over the
command of KCF.
Manveer Singh Chaheru was kept in various jails in Panjab and later moved to
a jail in Bihar. Manveer Singh always stayed in Chardi Kala during his jail
time and would continuously read Sri Japji Sahib and constantly pray that
one day he would be able to give his life for the Sikh Faith. In December of
1987 Police announced that Manveer Singh escaped from the Police custody
while Police were transporting him back to Panjab from Bihar, but in fact
the police had killed him and had disregarded his body into Beas River. In
Chandigarh the Panjab Police Chief J. F. Rebiero told news reporters that
they don't need to worry as Manveer Singh will not come back.