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Crime-Justice

Sharuya Chakra holder, comrade Balwinder Singh Sandhu shot dead

JAGMOHAN SINGH | October 16, 2020 11:59 AM

AMRITSAR: Sharuya Chakra holder, comrade Balwinder Singh (62) shot dead by unidentified assailants today at his residence of border village Bhikiwind falling in the Tarn Taran district.

Confirming the incident, police said that some unidentified motorcycle borne persons shot dead him when he was sitting in his office adjoining to his residence in the morning today. After killing him assailants escaped away.

Immediate after attack he was rushed to hospital where doctors declared him brought dead.  Assailants pumped atleast five bullets into him.

Around one year ago, his security cover was withdrawn by the State Government on the recommendation of Tarn Taran police, said Ranjit Singh brother of Singh adding that entire family remained on the hit lists of terrorists as they had made around 16 attempts on him to kill him and every time he survived.

Due to his bravery act, many documentary movies were made in past, said Harjit Singh.

In 1993 Ministry of Defense, awarded him Sharuya Chakra with citation “ Balwidner Singh Sandhu and his brother Ranjit Singh Sandhu are opposed to the activities of terrorists. They were in the hit list of terrorists. The terrorist have so far made 16 attempts to wipe out the Sandhu’s family with in a span of about 11 months. The terrorists attacked them in groups of 10 to 200, but every time Sandhu brothers with the help of their brave wives Smt. Jagdish Kaur Sandhu and Balraj Kaur Sandhu have successfully failed the attempts of militants to kill them.

“The first attack on Sandhu family was made on 31st January  1990 and last one 28-12-1991, but the deadliest attack was made on 30th Sept 1990 on that day about 200 terrorists  surrounded the Sandhu’s house from all sides and attacked them continuously for five hours with deadly weapons  including rocket launchers. The attack was well planned and approach road of the house was blocked by spreading underground gun mines so that no help from police forces could reach them. Undaunted, Sandhu brothers and their wives fought the terrorist with pistols and sten-guns provided by the Government. The resistance shown by Sandhu brothers and their family members forced the terrorists to retreat. All these persons have displayed courage and bravery of a high order in facing the attack of the terrorists and failing their repeated murderous attempts”.

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