Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav: Lal Singh Padri, unsung freedom fighter of Amritsar
New Delhi, August 09: Despite their incredible contribution to an independent India, many freedom fighters have never been recognized for their courageous efforts. Lal Singh from Amritsar is certainly one of the unsung heroes who played a crucial role in India’s liberation movement.
Baba Lal Singh hailed from Padri village of Amritsar district. His father, Suchet Singh was a middle-class peasant. He participated in the revolutionary activities of the Ghadar party in the Majha region of Punjab.
Natha Singh and Bogh Singh from Jhar Sahib Gurdwara met him and he informed them about the Ghadar party.
Under his influence, Jhar Sahib Gurdwara became a secret meeting place for Ghadar party members. The Gurdwara was frequented by Lal Singh Bhure, Nidhan Singh, Gujjar Singh and other Ghadar party members.
On March 21, 1915, the police arrested another Ghadarite, Lal Singh Bhure, after receiving a tip from the Padri village pawnbroker, Kapoor Singh. The Ghadarites decided to punish the money lender. The decision to punish Kapoor Singh was taken by Lal Singh Padri, Inder Singh and Prem Singh. Along with Hardit Singh and Prem Singh Sur Singh, he arrived at Kapoor Singh village.
The Ghadaris murdered Kapoor Singh in the early hours of the morning to avenge the arrest of Lal Singh Bhure. Lal Singh Padri was subsequently arrested and tried in the Padri murder case under Articles 302, 395, 109 and 120-B. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Article first published: Tuesday, August 9, 2022, 11:10 p.m. [IST]