Bhai Sukhdev Singh was born in Rajasthan’s Chak N: 11 in Ganganagar. His
parents, Bhai Mengha Singh and Bibi Surjeet Kaur were farmers and
Amritdhari Gursikhs. Bhai Sukhdev Singh received the gift of Sikh in his
Along with his schooling he daily used to study
Gurbani. After doing his early schooling in village Manakpur, he
received his BA from Gian Joti College and was studying for an MA in
English when the 1984 attack occurred. Bhai Sukhdev Singh left his home
and made plans to take revenge.
|Bhai Baljinder Singh Raju
Bhai Harjinder Singh Jinda
He joined with his friend Bhai Baljinder Singh Raju to avenge the
disrespect of the Sikhs. He then met with Bhai Harjinder Singh. All
three had faith in Bani and Sikhi. Bhai Sukhdev Singh’s mother was so
filled with love for the Panth, that she did Ardas that Bhai Sukhdev
Singh and Bhai Harjinder Singh achieve their mission. She gave her sons
over to the Guru.
Bhai Harjinder Singh and Bhai Sukhdev Singh made Delhi the centre of
their activities. Delhi was where the 1984 pogroms had taken place. The
government began to broadcast the pictures of these Singhs on TV and the
killers who had taken part in the November massacre were afraid to leave
Bhai Sukhdev Singh and Bhai Harjinder Singh then decided to punish the
general who had planned the 1984 Darbar Sahib attack: General Arun. S. Vaidya
After retiring from the army, Vaidya had moved to Poona. Bhai Harjinder
Singh and Bhai Sukhdev Singh had reunited in Punjab and went to Poona
together. They arrived on August 17, 1986. They went to the house that
Vaidya was living at, to find he had moved. They asked the servant in
the house where Vaidya had moved to but he wasn’t clear and they had
trouble understanding his language. They went in the general direction
and a couple days later saw Vaidya’s guard outside the house. They
began to make regular rounds to find when Vaidya would come out.
On August 19, 1986 at around 11am, they saw Vaidya’s wife come out with
an umbrella and the General followed. Vaidya himself was driving the
car. He went to the Sabzil Mandi bazaar and bought sabji.. Bhai Harjinder Singh
and Bhai Sukhdev Singh were on a motorcycle following them. When Vaidya
was returning to his car, Bhai Harjinder Singh pulled the
motorcycle beside the car and Bhai Sukhdev Singh began to shoot.
Vaidya’s die on the spot.
The Singhs shouted jaikaaray and made their getaway. The Singhs had also
wanted to kill Gen. Dayal, another officer responsible for the attack,
but decided now was not the time. They returned to the house they had
rented, changed clothes and took a bus to Bombay. From there, they went
to Durg and then Calcutta by train.
On September 17, 1986, Bhai Sukhdev Singh returned to Poona to get their
weapons that were left there. He along with another Singh got into an
accident with a truck and were arrested. They were tortured for five
months and then for a year and a half were kept in leg irons.
A year later, Bhai Harjinder Singh and Bhai Satnam Singh Bawa were
arrested from Delhi at Gurdwara Majnoo Daa Tilla. Bhai Harjinder Singh
was shot in the legs so he couldn’t walk. They tried to cut his leg off
as well but a Bengali doctor refused to allow this. Bhai Harjinder Singh
was tortured for 4 months and then taken to Poona. Bhai Bawa was given
to the Punjab police who then killed him.
In Poona, Bhai Sukhdev Singh and the other Singhs had finished doing
Ardas after Rehras Sahib, and then shouted Jaikaaray. Bhai Harjinder
Singh was in a nearby cell and also shouted jaikaaray. Bhai Harjinder
Singh had recognized Bhai Sukhdev Singh’s voice. Finally the two had
been reunited. They stayed together from there on in, and will also be
remembered in history together as Sukha and Jinda.
The Indian Government executed Bhai Harjinder Singh Jinda and Bhai
Sukhdev Singh Sukha on October 9, 1992 in Pune.
They were responsible
for punishing Gen. Vaidya the architect of the 1984 attack on Sri Darbar Sahib. They had tracked him down and shot him dead and in the
process, restored the honour and dignity of the Sikh people.