Freedom fighter Azad Hind Fauj dies in Rahon : The Tribune India

Tribune press service

Nawanshahr, April 18

Tara Singh Minhas, a 95-year-old freedom fighter from Rahon who died on Sunday evening, was cremated with full honors on Monday amid hundreds of mourners and well-wishers who turned out here to pay their respects to the deceased soul.

The cremation was attended by district administration officials including SDM Nawanshahr Baljinder Singh Dhillon, senior AAP official Lalit Mohan Pathak, DSP Davinder Singh and others.

Minhas’ son Amarjeet Singh Minhas lit the pyre after formal rituals.

Minhas, who died after a prolonged illness, was a veteran freedom fighter associated with Azad Hind Fauj, also known as the Indian National Army. He was a close associate of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose who had formed the INA in 1942. A contingent of Punjab police saluted the deceased soul at the crematorium.

HRH Baljinder Singh Dhillon also laid a wreath over Minhas’ mortal remains and consoled the bereaved family members. He said it was regrettable that the nation had lost an illustrious son who had rendered valuable service to the fatherland during the struggle for national freedom. He said the entire nation was indebted to this great soul for his outstanding service to the country.

Thelma J. Longworth