ਇੱਕ ਤਖ਼ਤਾ ਹੈਂ ਰਾਜ-ਭਾਗ ਦਾ, ਦੂਜਾ ਹੈਂ ਫ਼ਾਸੀ ਦਾ,
ਇਹਨਾਂ ਦੋਹਾਂ ‘ਤੇ ਸਿੰਘਾਂ, ਜਾਂ ਬਹਿਣਾ ਜਾਂ ਚੜਣਾ ਹੈਂ..!
Shaheed Bhai Jaspal Singh Padda | Sikh Student Federation / Khalistan Commando Force | 13th April 1991 | Shaheedi Purab
Like Sant Jarnail Singh Ji Bhindranwale said, “We are slaves.” And to take off the noose of slavery from the necks of the Sikhs, many warriors gave their lives in the Sikh Freedom Movement. In the endless list of the Sikh martyrs the name, Shaheed Bhai Jaspal Singh Padda is listed amongst the highest ranked generals of the Sikh armed struggle.
Bhai Sahib was born in the year of 1966, in the village of Lakhan Ke Padde, district Kapurthala and in the house of Master Narinderjit Singh and Mata Bakshish Kaur. Master Narinderjit Singh was a teacher at the school and from the start he had a Gurmukh personality. Bhai Sahib completed his primary education at the local village school.
In 1984, the army assault Sri Harimandir Sahib done by the Indian army left a deep impact on Bhai Sahib, from here onwards Bhai Sahib wanted to do sewa to take off the noose of slavery from the necks of fellow brothers and sisters. Soon Bhai Sahib started taking part in the Sikh Freedom Movement secretly. During this time top Khadku Singhs would come and meet Bhai Sahib in Lakhanke Padday. In 1985, Bhai Sahib became an active member of All India Sikh Student Federation and in 1986 Bhai Sahib chosen as the president of the Sikh Student Federation circle. Bhai Sahib was always determined to do sewa for the Sikh panth, he would prioritize panthic sewa over the household duties.
The Punjab police arrested Bhai Sahib many times, but the flame of wanting to do panthic sewa grew even bigger within Bhai Sahib. Eventually to avoid the police harassment, Bhai Sahib went underground and started doing actions through the Khalistan Commando Force. Soon Bhai Sahib was made the Area Commander of Khalistan Commando Force in the Kapurthala area. One day a police black cat managed to get Bhai Sahib arrested from Khalsa College in Jalandhar as Bhai Sahib returned from a secret meeting of Khadku Singhs. For some days Bhai Sahib was kept in illegal detention by the Punjab police and was blindly tortured. Later Bhai Sahib was charged with many fake cases and sent to jail. Bhai Sahib stayed in different jails of Punjab and even though behind bars, Bhai Sahib remained in Chardi Kala.
In 1989, Bhai Sahib was released on bail and he once again got in touch with the singhs of Khalistan Commando Force and started doing actions. The Punjab police arrested Bhai Sahib again and took him to the Dilwan police station. Master Narinderjit Singh along with the village Panchayat went to the Dilwan police station to try and free his son, but the police in-charge said, – “Have a good look at your son, because we are going to kill him in an encounter.” Upon hearing this Master Narinderjit Singh could not take the pain of having his son killed and he passed away after having a heart attack. Bhai Sahib was sent to jail for some time and later was released on bail.
Bhai Sahib was full of courage and witnessing the bravery of Bhai Sahib, the singhs made Bhai Sahib the district president of All India Sikh Student Federation and at the same time Bhai Sahib was doing actions with Khalistan Commando Force (Panjwar), under the name of Bhai Gurinderpal Singh. The Indian security forces tried to arrest Bhai Sahib many times, but Bhai Sahib would always make a fool of the Punjab police and escape. Bhai Sahib use to say, “Jionde Ji Mein Police de Hath nahi aana (I will not come into the hands of the police alive).” Looking at Bhai Sahib’s commitment to the Sikh Freedom Movement and his leadership skills, fellow singhs always looked to Bhai Sahib for advice. Police informants and black cats use to make Bhai Sahib angry, he would always be planning how to punish such sell outs. Bhai Sahib use to say that black cats and informants damage the Sikh Freedom Movement the most and they must not be spared. Indian security forces were always scared to enter Bhai Sahib’s area, when they heard the name of Bhai Sahib they would go the opposite way. Bhai Sahib had many encounters with the Indian Security Forces but Bhai Sahib and fellow singhs always escaped unharmed.
Bhai Sahib had a great deal of love for the fellow singhs he fought beside. Some of the singhs close to Bhai Sahib were Bhai Surinderjit Singh Matewal, Bhai Gurdeep Singh Deepa Heranwala, Bhai Raghbir Singh Bira, Bhai Nirmal Singh Shotu, Bhai Gurnam Singh Cheema, Bhai Balwinder Singh Leeta and more singhs alike. Bhai Sahib was one of few trusted singhs of Bhai Paramjit Singh Panjwar. Now the Punjab police has started targeting Bhai Sahib’s family, torturing Bhai Sahib’s brother, Bhai Satpal Singh and burning the family farms. The cruel police also arrested Bhai Sahib’s mother, Mata Bakshish Kaur. No one till today knows what Mata Bakshish went through, it is said she attained shaheedi while being tortured by the police.
Finally the day came, the day which every Khadku Singhs awaits. It was 13th April 1991, Bhai Sahib, Bhai Mandeep Singh Shampur and Bhai Rajwinder Singh Raju were resting in a house in the village of Jairampur. But a police informant had passed this information on to the Punjab police, in the greed of the reward money. The Punjab police did not have as much courage to face Bhai Sahib and fellow singhs in an encounter. Punjab police gathered the CRPF, BSF and quickly surrounded the village. The Indian security forces made their bunkers on the roofs of the neighboring houses. When Bhai Sahib and the singhs found out they had been surrounded, they grabbed their weapons and took positions to start the battle.
On one side there were 3 Jhujaru Singhs of Guru Gobind Singh Ji and on the other side was thousands of Punjab police, CRPF and BSF dogs of the cruel and the racist Hindu regime. The singhs battled for many hours as they shouted slogans such as, “Khalistan Zindabaad, Bole So Nihal Sat Sri Akaal.” Throughout the battle, the singhs laughed and remained in Chardi Kala. In the end, all of the ammunition of the singhs had finished, all three singhs did Ardas for shaheedi. The singhs put the capsules of cyanide onto their palms and swallowed it and became shaheeds.
The locals had an enormous amount of respect for Bhai Sahib and his group of Khadku Singhs. Upon hearing the shaheedi of Bhai Sahib, thousands of locals got together and managed to get the shaheedi saroop of the singhs from the Punjab police. Even at the cremation of the singhs, Sikhs and Hindus from all over India had come to pay their respects to the fallen soldiers of Khalistan.
- Awaze Qaum (28th October 1992)