Amrik Singh

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Amrik Singh (1948 – June 6, 1984) was the President of the Sikh Students Federation He was killed in the army operation in Golden Temple, Amritsar, on June 6, 1984. Senior journalist Kuldip Nayar claimed Amrik Singh was an agent of Intelligence Bureau (India).[1]

Amrik Singh was the son of Sant Giani Kartar Singh Bhindranwale, the 13th leader of the Damdami Taksal. He was well versed in Gurbani and Sikh literature, and devoted much of his life to Sikh missionary activities. He had passed his Masters in Punjabi from Khalsa College in Amritsar. After this he began research work on his Ph.D. thesis.

Amrik Singh was a prominent leader of the orthodox Sikh faction along with Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale. He contested the 1979 Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) election, backed by Bhindranwale, but lost to Jiwan Singh Umranangal.[2]

On 26 April 1982, he led a campaign to get Amritsar the status of a "holy city". During the agitation, he was arrested on 19 July 1982 along with other members of the Damdami Taksal. Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale began the Dharam Yudh Morcha to implement the Anandpur Resolution which primarily requested more autonomy for the Punjabi's, arguing that they were being oppressed and treated unfairly by the Indian government. As part of the Morcha, he also demanded freedom for Amrik Singh and other prominent Sikhs.

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