Shaheed Bhai Kanwaljeet Singh

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Shaheed Bhai Kanwaljeet Singh (1978 - 2007) was born in village Jogimajra, near Koop Kallan. (In tehsil Malerkota, District Sangrur) in the house of Sardar Bant Singh and Sardarni Malkeet Kaur. Bhai Sahib left behind his elderly parents, Brother Jasveer Singh, two sisters (both married), his wife - Bibi Parminder Kaur and his six month old daughter Manjot Kaur.

Bhai Kanwaljeet Singh was a Gursikh of very high calibre and was fully devoted to Sikhi. Bhai Sahib was serving as a member of twenty-one member executive committee of Bhai Ghaniya Ji Seva Dal (Reg) Sangrur. Bhai Sahib took an active role in religious programs held throughout Punjab with complete dedication and at numerous times, he was also included in the Panj Pyare at amrit Sanchars held in Sangrur. Bhai Sahib affectionately adorned the Bana of Guru Gobind Singh Ji and at the time he was martyred, he was fully dressed in Gursikhi attire.

It is worth mentioning that on May 17, 2007, when Sikh Sangat of Sunam and Sangrur was returning from Takhat Damdama Sahib after attending the meeting held by Takhat Jathedars, several Dera Saccha Sauda followers challenged them at Mor Mandi. The Sikh Sangat was under the mandate of Akal Takhat Sahib to maintain peace, thus the calls of the Dera followers were ignored. According to close associates of Bhai Kanwaljeet Singh - Bhai Manjeet Singh and Bhai Amritpal Singh, after returning to Sunam, the local Sikh Sangat approached Dera Saccha Sauda (Bathinda) to hold a peaceful protest. The main motive of the protest was to acquire an apology from the Dera Saccha Sauda pakhandi-leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim. As a response, the Sacha Sauda followers threw glass bottles - some broken, while others filled with petrol (gasoline). Despite the mischievous response of the dera followers, the Sikh Sangat continued protesting while chanting 'Satnam Waheguru'.

A few moments later, the actions of Sacha Sauda followers took a more violent turn as they started firing gunshots at the Sikh Sangat. As a consequence of the shooting, Bhai Balbir Singh was severely injured while Bhai Kamaljeet Singh passed away at spot after being hit in the chest. Talking to the press regarding the killing of their son, parents of Bhai Kanwaljeet Singh said that they are proud as their son became a martyr for the cause of Sikh Nation. They asked the State and Centre Government to invest more interest in solving the situation as soon as possible as the rising number of deras in Punjab is a big concern for the Sikhs.

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