Bhai Gurmeet Singh Engineer

Not long ago our team got in contact with Bhai Gurmeet Singh's mother, Mata Gurjeet Kaur. Bhai Gurmeet Singh was serving a life sentence in Chandigarh's Burail jail for being a part of the team that punished the Chief Minister of Punjab, Butcher Beanta on 31st August 1995. Bhai Sahib's sister, Bibi Varinder Kaur was present with her mother throughout the entire ordeal of the detailed information her mother was giving us. Sadly under Gods will even she have faced a load of hardships. From birth Bibi Varinder Kaur was unable to hear or speak.

Bhai Sahib's father, Sardar Jaswinder Singh passed away in the year of 1999, Sardar Jaswinder Singh was returning home from Chandigarh, after attending a hearing of his son. As Sardar Jaswinder Singh reached the village of Kohli, he was involved in a very dangerous traffic accident. For 20-22 days Bhai Sahib's father was in Rajindra Hospital of Patiala being treated, but on 11th December 1999 Sardar Jaswinder Singh passed away.

Mata Surjit Kaur knows the category of the action her son, Bhai Gurmeet Singh did, but Mata Surjit Kaur has a wish that her son could soon return home. She told us, "17 years have passed and normally a life sentence is no longer than 14 years, now he (Bhai Gurmeet Singh) should be released. He should come home and take care of his responsibilities."

Bhai Gurmeet Singh was born on 23 January 1971, in the house of Sardar Jaswinder Singh and from the womb of Mata Surjit Kaur in the village of Majri Rasulrha, district Khanna. During infancy his family shifted to Patiala, since his father found employment there. Beside Bhai Sahib and Bibi Varinder Kaur, Bibi Surjit Kaur had another two daughters, Bibi Manjit Kaur and Bibi Gurdeep Kaur. Mata Surjit Kaur tells us that while Bhai Sahib was growing up he was quiet and was hardly ever seen misbehaving like other children. Bhai Sahib was humble and always penitent. Every time the family goes to meet Bhai Sahib in jail, he's always in Chardikala.

Bhai sahib passed his 10th class from University Model School, Patiala. Then Bhai Sahib took admission into an engineering course at Thapar College of Patiala. Later Bhai Sahib graduated from Thapar College with a MA and a BA in Engineering, from which Bhai Sahib was employed as an engineer for BPL TV in Chandigarh's sector 22. It wasn't easy commuting to and from Patiala to Chandigarh on a daily basis for Bhai Sahib, therefore Bhai Sahib rented a room in Phase 4 of Mohali. Who could have guessed that Bhai Dilawar Singh who lived in the same area as Bhai Sahib, will get ready in this very room of Bhai Sahib, before heading towards the Secretariat of Chandigarh and do and historical action for the panth.

It was claimed by the CBI that in Bhai Gurmeet Singh's rented room on 25th August 1995, Bhai Dilawar Singh, Bhai Balwant Singh Rajoana, Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara, Bhai Jagtar Singh Tara, Bhai Paramjit Singh Bheora and Bhai Lakhwinder Singh Lakha were all living there alongside him. It was from this apartment that Bhai Gurmeet Singh prepared the belt that held the RDX on Bhai Dilawar Singh's waist, from which Bhai Dilawar Singh blew Beant Singh up to pieces on 31st August 1995.

After the assassination of the Chief Minister, Butcher Beanta, to remain normal in the eyes of the world, Bhai Gurmeet Singh on 1st September 1995, went back home to Patiala just as he would every Saturday. On arriving Bhai Sahib found his mother Mata Surjit Kaur was seriously ill, for which Bhai Sahib could not make it to work on Monday. On Tuesday the 5th September 1995, when Bhai Sahib left Patiala to go back to work, Bhai Sahib seemed quiet and calm. By the afternoon roughly about 1.30pm, thousands of police officers surrounded Bhai Sahib's house in Patiala. The police searched the house of Bhai Sahib, the police took photos and important paperwork of Bhai Sahib and told the family to quickly produce Bhai Sahib at the police station. Mata Surjit Kaur called her husband and told him to go tell the Bhai Sahib what happened. When Sardar Jaswinder Singh reached Mohali, he found out the police had already arrested Bhai Sahib in the afternoon. On 7th September 1995, the news of Bhai Sahib and Bhai Lakhwinder Singh Lakha arrest was printed on the local newspapers. In Patiala, Sardar Jaswinder Singh was arrested by police also.

On 18th September 1995, Bhai Sahib and Bhai Lakhwinder Singh Lakha were produced in front of the judge, this was the first time since Bhai Sahib being arrested that his mother, Mata Surjit Kaur and sister, Bibi Varinder Kaur met Bhai Sahib. According to the newspapers, Bhai Sahib was seen smiling in court and not a single sign of regret was seen on Bhai Sahib's face. Bhai Said made his mother aware by saying, "What was going to happen has happened. I will tell everyone the truth."

31st July 2007, all the singhs involved in this case were sentenced, Bhai Sahib was given the life sentence behind bars. Most people had thought that after 14 years, all singhs would have been released, but now it has been 17 years. Bhai Gurmeet Singh Engineer, Bhai Lakhwinder Singh Lakha and Bhai Shamsher Singh Shere have also met the Jathedar of Sri Akaal Takht Sahib, but no one has been released. The Akalis that were held back by Butcher Beanta, but today these same Akalis are not standing up for the singhs in jail. We and the Sikhs of the whole world stand beside Bhai Gurmeet Singh Engineer and all of the singhs involved in this case of Butcher Beanta's assassination.

Khalsa Fatehnama August 2012 - Sarabjit Singh Ghuman