Mahinder Singh Chachrari
These slogans are constantly echoing in Chandigarh’s Burail Jail:
“Raj Karaega Khalsa!”
“Bhindranwala Sant Sipahi Jinay Sutee Kaum Jaigaiee!”
(Bhindranwala the Saint Soldier who woke up a sleeping nation).
“Bhindranwalay Dee Soach Tay Pehra Diangay Thok Kay!”
(We will stand firmly with the ideology of Sant Bhindranwale!).
“Jo Singhan Naal Takraigaa, Choor Choor Ho Jaigaa!”
(Those who oppose the Singhs will be crushed!).
“Na Hindi Na Hindustan, Lai kay RehNaa Khalistan!”
(Not Hindi nor Hindustan, we will only rest after taking Khalistan!).
It is here that some Singhs associated with the Sikh Struggle have been kept
prisoner by the Indian Government and have made a “Mini-Khalistan”. The
Singhs rule here.
From the Beant Assassination trial there are Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana,
Bhai Navjot Singh, Shamsher Singh, Naseer Singh, Gurmeet Singh and
Lakhwinder Singh Lakha along with his wife Bibi Baljit Kaur. In total there
are 15 prisoners here who have completely exasperated the jail staff and
Bhai Sahib Bhai Jagtar Sigh Hawara and his companions who escaped from the
prison at night on January 22nd, 2004, have also ruined the sleep of the
Indian Government. Despite the fact that there are many other Singhs being
held in India’s other jails, but the situation in Burail Jail is not like
any other. It is the same situation as Bhai Harjinder Singh Jinda and
Sukhdev Singh Sukha had created in 1990-91 in Poona Jail, after which they
From 1996 onwards, everyday, the Ardaas for the achievement of Khalistan is
heard via the loud speaker, which was the achievement of Bhai Jagtar Singh
Hawara, who used legal channels to get permission for this. The Singhs
completely control the Gurdwara in the jail.
Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara, who punished the evil Chief Minister Beant Singh,
who had inflicted unspeakable atrocities upon the Sikhs, was also about to
punish the butcher KPS Gill when an informant had him arrested from the
Jalandhar Bus Stand. After severe torture, in 1996, he was imprisoned in
In Burail Jail, all the Singhs pledged to carry forward the struggle for
Khalistan under the leadership of Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara and also made the
government machinery accept defeat. It was to such an extent that they
refused to go to outside courts and the officials were forced to have the
court in the Jail. Bhai Sahib’s demeanor in jail was so warm and friendly
that all the staff loved him. The staff members treated him like a family
member. On every Sangrand, Bhai Sahib used to make kheer in the Gurdwara and
it was so loved by all that even after his escape people still recall it.
While Imprisoned, Bhai Jagtar Singh had taken a vow in the presence of Guru
Granth Sahib that in whatever circumstances, he would leave the jail and
move the Sikh struggle forward. Bhai Sahib is still committed to this goal.
After escaping the jail while shouting jaikaray, he has now started a new
organization, “Babbar Khalsa Commando Force”. This organization will
continue the struggle until Khalistan is achieved. Because of Bhai Sahib’s
magnetic personality, some of those people are joining the movement who once
were opposed to it. Besides foreign countries he is also receiving support
from the Punjab as well.
Those Singhs who have spent time with Bhai Hawara say that he is not one of
those people who would turn his back on the movement and run away. He
himself has attached many of those people to Sikhi and taken many anti-Sikh
people and put them on the correct path.
Bhai Sahib wants that the next generation of Sikhs, who have been attacked
on all sides, should establish a Sikh Media (TV Channel) in which the goal
of independence can be openly discussed and they can be liberated. He also
desires that a common front, under the leadership of Akal Takhat Sahib be
created by all Dharmic Jathebandis to preach in the villages.
After doing the Sangat of such a person, the Singh's in Burail Jail have
created quite the problem for the Jail officials. In the Singhs’ barracks,
discussions on moving the Sikh Struggle forward are done openly. The
pictures of Sikh heroes the great martyr of the 20th century, Sant Jarnail
Singh Bhindranwale, Bhai Amrik Sigh, Gen. Shubegh Singh, Bhai Harjinder
Singh Jinda and Bhai Sukhdev Singh Sukh along with Bhai Dilavar Singh, etc
are displayed. The Jail officials refuse to take any action and say plainly,
“controlling you is something we just can’t do.”
And this is not all. All courts in India start with the Indian National
Anthem. In Burail Jail, it begins with “Deh Shiva Bar Mohi ihai…”. The Judge
also speaks to the Singhs politely. If he speaks even a little loudly,
slogans of “Raj Karaega Khalsa” begin. During the Court being held at Burail
Jail, the Singhs in the Beant Assassination case all gather under the Kesri
Nishaan Sahib and take an oath to work for the Chardi Kala of the Panth and
then respectfully put the Nishan Sahib in front of the Judge’s desk. The
respect of the Nishan Sahib is to such an extent that if it tips over or
falls, the court hearing is cancelled and postponed.
In Burail Jail, the Singhs’ langar is also not common with other prisoners.
All the Singhs prepare their own food. No Jail official can come near to
barrack when smoking. Attendance is taken for all prisoners but not the
Singhs. All other prisoners receive common utensils but the Singhs have
special ones allotted.
Every Sangrand, ardaas for Khalistan is done in the jail and all the Jail
officials including the Superintendant also take part. All arrangements are
made by the jail.
What more can be said? The Manual in Burail Jail is just a bit different.
Because of the Singh's, instead of the Indian Jail Manual, the “Khalistani
Jail Manual” is in effect. All the Singh's being held here are in essence
“Jinda Shaheeds” or living martyrs as they have suffered unspeakable torture
but are still determined to take the Sikh Struggle forward. Because of their
wisdom, bravery and smarts, they have a major influence on the Jail Staff.
Where I do ardaas to Akal Purakh to keep these Singh's in Chardi Kala, I
also request that the Sikh Nation give them all possible assistance.