Beant Singh (assassin)
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|Native name||ਸ਼ਹੀਦ ਭਾਈ ਬੇਅੰਤ ਸਿੰਘ|
January 6, 1959
Jaitu, Faridkot, Punjab
|Died||October 31, 1984
Guard room at 1 Safdarjung Road, New Delhi, India
|Cause of death||Gunshot wounds|
|Occupation||Bodyguard of the Prime Minister of India|
|Employer||Government of India|
|Criminal charge||Assassination of Indira Gandhi|
|Spouse(s)||Bimal Kaur Khalsa (m. 1976; d. 1984)|
Beant Singh (Punjabi: ਬਿਅੰਤ ਸਿੰਘ;6 January 1959 – 31 October 1984), born in Jaitu in the Faridkot district of Punjab (India), was a bodyguard of Indira Gandhi who took part in her assassination in 1984. He was shot dead by the Prime Minister's other bodyguards after he killed her.
Assassination of Indira Gandhi
Operation Blue Star left a deep mark in the thinking of Beant Singh and Satwant Singh. On 31 October 1984, Beant Singh and Satwant Singh, both part of the Indian elite forces, who served as bodyguards for the Prime-minister, took Sikh Baptism (Amrit) at a Gurdwara in Delhi.
Satwant Singh always worked in the late shifts and Beant Singh worked in the early morning shifts as the prime minister's security. On 31 October, Satwant Singh faked a stomach illness, and swapped duties with another guard so that they could work together to execute their plan. And in the same morning, i.e. at 09:00 of 31 October 1984 as Indira Gandhi walked from her house. Initially Beant Singh drew a .38-calibre revolver and fired three shots into Indira Gandhi's abdomen. As she fell to the ground, Satwant Singh fired all 30 rounds from his Sten submachine gun into her body. They both allegedly shouted Sikh religious slogan of "Bole So Nihal, Sat Sri Akal!!" during the assassination.
They placed their weapons on the floor afterwards while saying "We have done what we needed to, now you can do what you have to." They were apprehended and taken to a guardhouse where a struggle ensued in which Satwant Singh allegedly grabbed the commando's handgun, other commandos opened fire. Beant Singh died there from the gunshot wounds sustained in the room while Satwant Singh was seriously injured and was taken to a hospital on the arrival of a senior security officer.
Satwant Singh was later sentenced to death, along with Kehar Singh the uncle of Beant Singh who had given counsel to his nephew.
Beant Singh's family
Beant Singh's act generated a sympathy wave for his immediate family the Sikhs, resulting in their winning two Lok Sabha seats from state of Punjab. The Lok Sabha is a directly elected 552 member lower house of the Parliament of India.
Beant Singh's son's name is Sarabjeet Singh Khalsa who is married to Sandeep Kaur and has step sons. Sarabjit Singh Khalsa was five years old when Beant Singh killed Indira Gandhi and subsequently died. His younger sons name is Jaswinder Singh who is married to Santosh Kaur and has one son. Jaswinder singh was 1 year old when Beant singh killed Indira Gandhi.
Honours and death anniversaries
In 2003, a Bhog ceremony was held at the highest Sikh temporal seat in Akal Takht, located in the Golden Temple Complex in Amritsar, where tributes were paid to Indira’s assassins. In the year 2004, his death anniversary was again observed at Akal Takhat, Amritsar, where his mother was honored by the head priest and tributes were paid to Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh by various political parties.
In 2007, the death anniversaries of Satwant Singh and his wife were observed in various parts of Punjab and other countries.
The Sikhism-centric political party in India, Shiromani Akali Dal, observed the death anniversary of Beant Singh and Satwant Singh as 'martyrdom' for the first time on 31 October 2008; every 31 October since, their 'martyrdom day' has been observed at Sri Akal Takht Sahib.
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