Warriors of Faith

Shaheed Bhai Gurdeep Singh a.k.a 'Deepa Heran Wala'

Shaheed Bhai Gurdeep Singh 'Deepa Heran wala' was born in village Heran, tehsil Nakodar, District Jalandhar. His father’s name was Surjit singh and mother was Mata Gurbachan kaur, two brother’s jang bahadur singh and amritpal singh and one sister. The village of Heran lies approx 18kms from Jalandhar. Deepa’s early education was in his village primary school and later he joined High school. At this stage there was no indication that a mischievous Deepa at school would begin to live up to Sikh teachings and serve the Sikh nation in such a way that he will be remebered for ages.

Deepa would become the light of the Guru around the jalandhar area and would leave such a legacy that he would be respected by coming generations and the village of Heran would be known to every Sikh around the world. The holocaust of June 1984 left a deep scar on the Sikh psyche, Deepa was one of many who was affected by this tragedy and shaken to the core. Soon shock turned to anger and there was only one priority on Deepa's mind, to punish those who had inflicted such a blow on the Sikh nation.

Earlier On the 4th august 1982 the Akali dal had passed a 45 point resolution at Sri Anandpur sahib which resulted in violence and the death of more than 200 Sikhs at the hands of Indian police. In one of his many speeches at the Manji Sahib diwan hall,Sant Baba Jarnail Singh ji Khalsa Bhindranwale sent out a warning to those only interested in their own political agenda; “If anyone decides to negotiate anything less than the 45 point resolution then bring them to the book”. Sant Bhindranwale himself kept this vow right from the start of the struggle and told his followers that if they are to start a United front, then not to make the same mistake as Fateh Singh did by breaking his so called hunger strike by drinking a glass of juice. But those who betrayed the Sikh nation on every opportunity (Akalis) never learnt their lesson; biggest traitors longowal, Barnala, Balwant ladoo agreed and signed the controversial Rajiv-Longowal accord.

They had become the ultimate sell outs and traitors to the Sikh nation after signing this accord, the dead bodies scattered around the darbar sahib complex, the grief and screams of Sikh women, children were all forgotten by those who signed this accord. The rajiv-longowal accord was strongly opposed and rejected by all Sikh organisations. When longowal returned to the darbar sahib there was fierce opposition to him that ended in violence. 15 to 20 singhs tried to block his entrance to the Sikh student federation office which resulted in longowals body guards opening fire but no one was injured. In reaction to this nearly 100 singhs quickly gathered and hurled whatever they could get their hands on towards longowal before he managed to escape inside. The very next day longowal left the darbar sahib complex for good and 25 days after signing the accord he was shot dead by Bhai Jarnail Singh halwara and his associates near sherpur.

The accord had discretely hidden information that there would be state elections in Punjab and Surjit Singh barnala would become the chief minister of panjab. This resulted in the Akali dal faction of Badal and Tohra and Sikh student federation boycotting this decision. At the same time Deepa was busy highlighting and protesting the same issue in the Nakodar area. Towards the end of 1986 Master Ratan from Heran informed the police that Deepa was an active and staunch supporter of the Sikh student federation. Master ratan was present at nakodar police station when the police arrested and interrogated Deepa and falsely charged him on Arms acts sections 25,54,59.This resulted in Deepa being sent to Jalandhar jail. It was only after 2 months that Deepa was granted bail.

When Deepa was released, he was left in no doubt that the only way to achieve justice was to fully pledge himself to the Sikh freedom movement. The first task was to punish Master Ratan for his role in falsely getting Deepa and hundreds of innocent Sikh youth like him imprisoned, tortured and murdered. Master Ratan became Deepa’s first victim, and from this point on he was underground and at large.

Deepa initially worked under Bhai Gurnek Singh neka of the KCF, as time passed He took on more responsibilities and actions with the KCF. There were many actions and incidents that Deepa and his group were well known for but one such incident is typical of deepa and co, at one time Deepa and his group came in striking distance of the police, the same police that had been chasing them for many hours the same day by setting up road blocks in the area. But they couldn’t pluck up the courage to fire on Deepa when he came face to face with them and crossed the checkpoint. The police later blamed their faulty ammunition and guns in not being able to fire upon him. The headlines in the papers the next day read “when the hunted got away” this occurred in between Noormehl and Jandiala.

The police on many occasions would ask the locals which way did Deepa go? When the locals told the police a certain way they would then swear at the locals for not catching deepa themselves, out of fear the police themselves would go the opposite way.

1. Corrupt fake baba from Noorpur near Nakodar
2. Communist worker Dr Gurdial Singh from muthada kalan
3. Police personnel from Apara
4. Contractor Tirth ram
5. Police cats from Tharkhan majra
6. Communist sohan Singh dhesi
7. Police informer attar Singh samrarhi
8. Police informer choorh takhar
9. Mann Singh thanedar
10. Varinder gagan
11. Congress leader Darshan Singh kay pee
12. Attack on Murli Manohar joshi's fake peace march
13. Communist Sarwan Singh cheema
14. Balwant sarhal
15. Akali dal workers turned police informers satnam Singh and balwinder bali
16. Communists Keval and binder from rurkan kalan
17. Another Communist from dhakara

In addition to this, Bhai Deepa punished many police cats, agents,police officers and CRPF personnel who indulged in fake encouters of innocent Sikhs, raped Sikh women and looted property of hard working Sikhs.Near Phillaur there is a village called Sagnewal, here Deepa caught hold of rupinder rupi, manjit Singh, and a 3rd person and punished them accordingly avenging the murder of Bhai Rashpal Singh Karnana and his brother Mintoo. In addition to this Rapist Kulwant kantay, who was unleashed by Punjab Police to terrorize people, rape women, kill innocents in garb of Kharkoo Singhs to blemish their image was properly punished by Bhai Gurdeepa Singh Deepa. According to police records Deepa was responsible for 217 murders and 37 vehicles were stolen and used in his actions. Throughout his absconding escapades on average, Deepa punished an enemy every 9th day and took the Sikh freedom movement to an untouchable height.

Bhai Gurdeep Singh Deepa’s associates:
1. Sukhdev Singh sodhi rurkan kalan
2. Gurdev Singh dev rurkan kalan
3. Rashpal Singh karnana
4. Amarjit Singh jeeta
5. Parmajit Singh pamma
6. Kamaljit Singh thonaal
7. Manjit Singh billa rurkan kalan
8. Satnam Singh sati
9. Raju jajjan kalan

These were just some of the warriors working with deepa and the KCF who fought till their last breath. The police and the government had informants working everywhere to nab Deepa but Sikh elders and mothers considered him their own son, Sikh sisters and brothers treated him just like their own real blood brother. This was the reason Deepa was so successful in operating and working in his area for 5 long years with the help and support of the common people. Every family who understood and sympathised with the Sikh cause left their doors open for Deepa veer and his associates. Highlighting this attitude a family in village Mehsulpur had a knock on their door late at night, on hearing this the teenage girl in the house asked who was at the door and what they wanted? Deepa replied and told her who he was and that he was hungry and wanted to eat something. The girl replied by asking Bhai Deepa to waitat door and not enter the house, she quickly rushed to the kitchen to get a bottle of oil and together with her mother went to the door to let deepa and his associates in. Before they could enter she poured the oil on the sides of the doors and then asked them to enter. On entering, the mother said that roti was not a problem and she was blessed that he (Bhai Deepa) had come to their house.

On the 12th of December 1992, Deepa went to house of Bhag Singh of Garha village where he regularly took sanctuary. But today was to be the day that Bhag having won Deepa’s trust was to stab the great Sikh General and the movement in the back. The game of Fate had finally caught up with Deepa. Bhai Deepa, who would always be armed and on guard today arrived to Bhag's house empty handed with no weapons on him. Bhag somehow either had prior knowledge of this or quickly learned that Deepa was empty handed. It had not been long since deepa had arrived that Bhag somehow alerted the police and the house was surrounded by Armed police. But Deepa was not to be taken alive by his enemies, he quickly swallowed a cyanide capsule and breathed his last in that very house. The same Deepa who always kept 2 AK 47’s on him had been betrayed by someone whom he trusted for refuge, had left this earth with no weapons. He sacrificed his life for the cause of Sikh freedom and Rights.

At this point the police dared not enter the house for a long time not knowing what had happened,but on learning that he was dead inside, they in frustration took his dead body to the village Teheng and staged a false police encounter. To this day people still love and respect and remember Bhai Deepa in the same way they did when he was alive, his memories will live forever and deepa will go down in Sikh history as a great warrior soldier. The price on Deepa's head by the Govt was 15 lakh rupees (£20,000). It is the amazement of his strong character and confidence that he was able to destroy his enemies with such impunity in his own area without
giving any grief to the poor or innocents. The Sikh nation will always be proud of how Deepa served the panth in his short life.

Khalistan remains the goal of Sikhs which will come into existence and dream of Shaheeds will be fulfilled.

By - Jagdeep Singh

Posted by Kamaljeet Singh Shaheedsar on Sunday, January 2. 2011

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