Marital Status: Unmarried
Age: 25 Years
Hometown: Patiala, Punjab
Some lesser known facts about Dilawar Singh Babbar
- Dilawar Singh Babbar was a Punjab police officer and member of the Babbar Khalsa International (BKI), notorious for the assassination of the former Chief Minister of Punjab. Beant Singh,
- His father, Harnek Singh, moved from his native village of Jai Singh Wala near Bathinda to Patiala, where Dilawar spent his childhood.
- Growing up in Patiala’s Guru Nanak Nagar, Dilawar met Lakhwinder Singh Lakha and Gurmeet Singh, accused in Beant Singh’s murder. Lakha lived where lanes 9 and 13 intersect, while Gurmeet Singh lived in street no. 14. Gurmeet, Dilawar, Lakhwinder and Balwant Singh were good friends.
- After Operation Blue Star, the assassination of Indira Gandhi and the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Beant Singh became the chief minister of militancy-ravaged Punjab in 1992. While serving for the Punjab Police, Dilawar Singh Babbar joined the Babbar Khalsa International. (BKI), a Sikh organization whose main objective was to create an independent Sikh country, Khalistan.
- As a Punjab Police Officer, he was assigned the duty of Gunman in Special Operations, Patiala. He worked as a Special Police
Officer at Fatehgarh Sahib from 9 June 1993 to 18 September 1994. During his service, he came across extra-judicial killings in fake encounters and disappearances of young Sikhs in the name of anti-terrorist operations by the police, which were sanctioned by the government. ,
- By November 1994, the Punjab government had dismissed several special police officers throughout Punjab, including Dilawar Singh, saying that there was no longer a need for SPOs in the state. Thereafter, Dilawar Singh realized that the SPOs were only hired by the government to massacre innocent Sikh youths.
- Although Beant Singh successfully brought down militancy in Punjab and changed the then prevailing public perception that all Sikhs were terrorists, he was accused of sanctioning fake encounter killings, kidnappings and secret cremations by the Punjab Police during militancy in the state. went. Angered by the incidents, members of the BKI, which included Dilawar Singh, decided to kill Beant Singh.
- In the month of May or June 1995, Dilawar Singh rented a secluded one-room accommodation in village Ratoli, Tehsil Rajgarh, Distt. Sirmaur, where a meeting was held regarding the murder.
- On 31 August 1995, Dilawar slipped into his uniform and tied 1.5 kg of explosives to a bandolier-shaped belt around his waist and a freshly painted white ambassador carrying a Delhi license plate with Balwant Singh Rajoana (backup bomber) in the Secretariat reached the premises. ) Reportedly, Dilawar and Balwant tossed a coin to decide who would become the suicide bomber. After a while when Balwant left, Balwant wrote on a piece of paper,
Je mein shaheedan di yaad wich song na gaye, te ohna diya ruhan kurlun gyan.
- At 5.10 pm, three white ambassadors arrived near the VIP portico in the Secretariat complex to pick up Beant Singh. Just as Beant Singh was about to step into the car, Dilawar moved towards his bullet proof car and pressed the bomb button. In the secretariat, apparently, no one suspected anything as Dilawar Singh approached the CM’s car in police uniform with files in hand. In this blast, 17 others including 3 Indian commandos lost their lives. Beant Singh was with his close friend Ranjodh Singh Mann on the day of the murder.
In September 1995, the Chandigarh Police recovered the abandoned Ambassador car with the Delhi number, leading to the arrest of the first convict, Lakhwinder Singh. In February 1996, charges were framed against Gurmeet Singh, Naseeb Singh, Lakhwinder Singh, Navjot Singh, Jagtar Singh Tara, Shamsher Singh, Jagtar Singh Hawara, Balwant Singh Rajoana and Paramjit Singh Bhaura.
- Rajoana confessed his crime on 25 December 1997 in the temporary court of Burail Jail, Chandigarh. Before falling silent, Rajoana raised pro-Khalistan slogans,
Khalistan Zindabad, Bhai Dilawar Singh Zindabad!
- Jail officials and journalists were shocked by Rajoana’s confession. He asked Rajoana, “Why would anyone want to die at such a time?” To which Rajoana replied,
Tusi ki jaano dosti kinj nebhai zinda hai.
(How do you know how to live a friendship)?”
Reportedly, when Dilawar Singh won the fatal toss, which selected him as the suicide bomber, he asked Balwant Singh to confess his hand in the crime.
- During a hearing before the then District and Sessions Judge Amar Dutt, standby Manav Bam Balwant Singh Rajoana in memory of Dilawar said,
It was nothing but divine intervention. As Bhai Dilawar Singh was on his way to the Chief Minister, all around became blind for a moment. That’s why there are no eyewitnesses.”
- On 15 June 2022, the Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) installed a portrait of Dilawar Singh at the Central Sikh Museum inside the Golden Temple complex. While praising Dilawar Singh, the SGPC President said,
Shaheed Bhai Dilawar Singh put an end to the atrocities and gross human rights violations committed against the Sikhs at that time. The decision of self-sacrifice is not possible without the blessings of the Guru, and whenever atrocities were committed on the Kaum (community/nation), Sikhs have always made history by making sacrifices.”
- The house of Dilawar Singh was searched on 5 September 1995, during which a small booklet Shaheed Bhagat Singh was recovered. On one side of the final title page, a pen sketch is drawn, which claims to be a belt bomb with a detonator device.
- On 31 August 2007 the Sikh organization Khalsa Action Committee (KAC) awarded the Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Gold Medal to the parents of Dilawar Singh, Harnek Singh and Surjit Kaur at a function in Amritsar, where the title of ‘Pride of the Nation’ was conferred. Went. ‘ Dilawar was given.
- On 23 March 2012, Dilawar was awarded the title of ‘National Martyr’ by the Akal Takht (the highest temporary seat of the Khalsa), meanwhile Rajoana was given the title of “Living Martyr”.
- Before his death, Dilawar Singh handed over his picture to Balwant Singh. read behind the picture,
There is always one world and one round of Jogi,
Neither the world is your decoration, nor the world is mine,
S sohni nu doban lai to kachcha ghar bathera hai.”
(My journey in this world is of a saint,
This world is neither yours nor mine.
This raw pitcher is enough to sink this ‘Sohni’.)