Bhai Shamsher Singh Shere

We found the village of Kanwarpur 15-16 kilometers outside Sirhand, the first thing we saw as we entered the village was the local gurudwara and moments later we were sitting inside the house of Bhai Shamsher Singh Shere. This is the same Bhai Shamsher Singh Shere who is in Burail jail, Chandigarh for the assassination of Chief Minister Butcher Beanta in 1995. Bhai Sahib had been sentenced to life in prison, from 1995 till today it has been 17 years and it is important for the whole Sikh nation to know what the family of Bhai Shamsher Singh Shere has gone through for the last 17 years.

The Sikh nation for which this team of singhs gave up their families and livelihood, that Sikh nation probably doesn't even know who Bhai Shamsher Singh Shere is, who Bhai Lakhwinder Singh Lakha is, who Bhai Gurmeet Singh is, who Bhai Navjot Singh is and who Bhai Naseeb Singh is. Chief Minister Butcher Beanta is known as todays Zhakriya Khan, who had sworn to finish the Sikh youth, but the singhs, who stopped this evil man on his tracks never got their recognition by the Sikh nation. The Sikhs only know about Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara and Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana, the Sikh nation doesn't even fully know about the lives of these two singhs beside that they killed Butcher Beanta. The Sikh nation has not felt the need to know about the families of these singhs or why they came on the path of revolution. It is said with deep pain and regret that the jeevani of Shaheed Bhai Dilawar Singh has not reached every household, the Shaheed Bhai Dilawar Singh who strapped a bomb to himself to send Butcher Beanta straight to hell.

CBI presented this story in court

"Bhai Shamsher Singh met Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara in 1993 through another Khadku Singh by the name of Bhai Didar Singh. From here Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara regularly visited Bhai Sahib's home. In July 1995, Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara told Bhai Sahib that Chief Minister Butcher Beanta who calls himself reincarnation of Guru Nanak Dev Ji and Guru Gobind Singh Ji must be punished. On 7-8th July 1995, Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara told Bhai Sahib to attend the meeting regarding this mission at Sri Bangla Sahib in Delhi on 16th July 1995. That day Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara had another singh with him by the name of Bhai Harjit Singh alias Mini Baba. On 8th August 1995, Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara said to Bhai Sahib that RDX explosives are needed to punish Butcher Beanta and asked Bhai Sahib to arrange a truck. Bhai Sahib managed to get a truck from a close relative, Bhai Sapinder Singh. Bhai Sahib and Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara drove the truck near to the border in the Ajnala area and got bags of RDX. These bags were put in the tool box of the truck and late kept at Bhai Sahib's house. On 10-11th August 1995, Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara took these bags of RDX from Bhai Sahib's house in a Bajaj Chetak scooter."

In the story made up by the Indian government, only the people close to Bhai Shamsher Singh Shere know how true or how false this story is. All that the family knows is that a month after the assassination of Butcher Beanta on 29th September 1995, the Punjab police had sealed and raided each of Bhai Sahib's village, Kanwarpur. Bibi Baljinder Kaur, the singhni of Bhai Sahib tells us what happened on that day.

"The police had surrounded the whole area. When the police came in to our house, the time was about 12-1 o'clock at night. The police forcefully entered the house and started searching the through the rooms. The police did not find anything illegal or suspicious, but they still kept on speaking to us in rude manner. The police arrested my husband (Bhai Shamsher Singh Shere) and his brother (Bhai Bhagwant Singh). The police told us that they were from a local police station and took the two singhs. When tried to locate the police station that the two Singh's were kept at, we did a lot of running about and at the end managed to find out where the Singh's were held. A month later the police registered a case on a close relative, Bhai Sapinder Singh and he was arrested. I myself and my mother in law were also charged with many cases and taken to police station along with my two year old son (Bhai Onkar Singh). My husband (Bhai Shamsher Singh Shere) told us that he was brutally tortured at the Fatehgarh police station. The police forced him to sign false confessions for the safety of his family."

With the handcuffs, the police tried its best to break Bhai Sahib down. From 29th September 1995, Bhai Sahib was kept in illegal custody by the police. Then on 7th November 1995, the police declared that they have arrested Bhai Shamsher Singh from Rajpur. In the report prepared by the CBI it is said that Bhai Sahib was arrested on 11th December 1995, but the fact is that Bhai Sahib was in police custody well before this date. On 16th December 1995, the CBI gave the forced confession of Bhai Sahib to Patiala House Court in Delhi.

The final decision on Beanta's assassination was given on 31st August 2007. Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara and Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana were given the death sentences, while Bhai Sahib, Bhai Lakhwinder Singh Lakha and Bhai Gurmeet Singh were expected to be freed as they had spent 12 years in prison but they were all given life in prison. Bhai Lakhwinder Singh Lakha appealed against the sentence in higher court, while Bhai Sahib and Bhai Gurmeet Singh waited on the decision on Bhai Lakha's appeal as whatever decision was given to Bhai Lakha would be the same for rest of the singhs. But till today all three singhs are locked up in Burail jail. After 17 years the only time Bhai Sahib saw the outer world was when he was released for two days to attend the wedding of his daughter, Bibi Amardeep Kaur. But now the second daughter if Bhai Sahib is also old enough to be married. Bhai Sahib's son, Bhai Onkar Singh is also old enough to take the responsibilities of the house but the father of these children, Bhai Shamsher Singh Shere is still in prison.

Take into consideration that in a year all inmates are given holiday twice, but these three singhs have not been given any holiday beside Bhai Sahib being released for two days for his daughter's wedding. The police always make excuses to deny the holidays of the Singh's. These Singh's are not regular offenders, the Indian jail have many ill minded criminals who get these holidays but these Singh's who assassinated a mass murderer and potentially saved many lives are not given the holidays to spend time with their families. The jail report of these Singh's is deliberately written with negative notes, so the singhs don't get the holidays. Whoever meets these Singh's does not stop praising them, but we don't know what the police have got against them.

Additional Session Judge Mr Ravi Kumar Sodhi has written in his judgement paragraph 1641, the Judge writes, "Bhai Lakhwinder Singh Lakha, Bhai Gurmeet Singh and Bhai Shamsher Singh Shere do not have a criminal background. The only role of Bhai Shamsher Singh Shere was to transport RDX explosives with Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara and nothing else." Then in the sentencing paragraph 1642, the Judge writes, "Due to their polite nature, the court has also decided to treat the singhs with politeness also. These Singh's should be put on reform program and should be granted the responsible citizenship."

This the recommendation of the Additional Session Judge Mr Ravi Kumar Sodhi did not mean anything to the Punjab police or the Punjab government. What does the government expect the Sikhs to do, stay quiet and not say a word? Sikhs have always been mistreated by the police and the government no matter what the courts say. The human rights of the Sikhs are always excused by the Hindu government. This proves that minorities must not expect justice to be served by India, because the Indian government is against the Sikhs who want to do something beneficial for the panth. The person who writes the negative jail reports on these singhs is a Sikh, the officers in-charge of the jail are Sikhs, the jail minister, chief minister and the even the prime minister is a Sikh, but these so called Sikhs are killing and locking their own brothers behind bars, the same brothers that did not give in to the injustice of the Indian government.

Bhai Sahib is now roughly 50 years of age, the well-educated son of Sardar Surjit Singh and Mata Beant Kaur has also worked in Dubai and Moscow. While fulfilling the responsibilities at home, Bhai Sahib has also felt the pain of the panth. Wanting human rights for the Sikhs of India made Bhai Sahib become a member of the team that sent the killer of Sikhs Butcher Beanta to hell. Even the family of Bhai Sahib was charged with many cases, which now have been dropped, but the police still continue to harass the family. Bhai Sahib never regrets what he did and neither does Bhai Sahib's family regret anything.

Khalsa Fatehnama July 2012 - Sarabjit Singh Ghuman