Jagtar Singh Hawara

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Honorable Jathedar
Bhai Sahib Bhai Jagtar Singh Hawara
ਮਾਣਯੋਗ ਜਥੇਦਾਰ
ਜਗਤਾਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਹਵਾਰਾ
31st Jathedar of Akal Takht
Assumed office
10 November 2015
Preceded by Gurbachan Singh
Personal details
Born Jagtar Singh Hawara
(1973-05-16) 16 May 1973 (age 45)
Hawara, Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab
Spouse(s) Balwinder Kaur (m. 2005; div. 2006)
Children 1
Mother Narinder Kaur
Residence Tihar Jail, New Delhi, India
Known for Assassination of Beant Singh, 12th Chief Minister of Punjab[1]
2004 Burail jailbreak[2]

Jagtar Singh Hawara (Punjabi: ਜਗਤਾਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਹਵਾਰਾ) born (16 May 1973) holds the position of 31st Jathedar of Akal Takht, the highest spokesman of the Sikh community. He was appointed by Sarbat Khalsa on 10 November 2015.[3] Hawara is a member of Babbar Khalsa and convicted as a conspirator in the assassination of 12th Chief Minister of Punjab, Beant Singh.

Early life[edit]

Jagtar Singh hawara was born on 16 May 1973, at Hawara, a small village in Fatehgarh Sahib, Panjab. His father died in 1991. His mother's name is Narinder Kaur. He played Hockey as a teenager in college, school team.[4]

Criminal record[edit]

Murder accusations[edit]

[5][6] He also was accused of killing special police officer Sunil Kumar at Shaheedi Jor Mela at Chamkaur Sahib on 21 December 1992. However he was acquitted of the charge in February 2017.[7]

Assassination of 12th Chief Minister of Punjab[edit]

Hawara is one of the main culprits in the assassination of 12th Chief Minister of Punjab, Beant Singh.[8] On 31 August 1995, Dilawar Singh Babbar, a human bomb assassinated Beant Singh by blowing up his bullet-proof car at the Punjab and Haryana Civil Secretariat, Chandigarh.[9]

2004 Burail jailbreak[edit]

In 2004, Hawara came back into limelight when he escaped from maximum security jail at Burail, along with 2 other Sikh prisoners by digging a 90 feet tunnel with his bare hands.[10]

Appointed as the Jathedar of Akal Takht by Sarbat Khalsa[edit]

On 10 November 2015, Jagtar Singh Hawara was declared to be replacing Gurbachan Singh as the interim Jathedar of Akal Takht by a Sarbat Khalsa organised at Chabba village on the outskirts of Amritsar, Punjab by the Sikh Panth.[3] It also declared Dhian Singh Mand as an interim Jathedar of Akal Takht. It demanded all the current Jathedars including Gurbachan Singh be removed.[11]

Personal life[edit]

In 2005, Hawara married Balwinder Kaur, daughter of Dara Singh at a Gurdwara in village Dohla. On 3 March 2006, Balwinder Kaur's petition for annulment of marriage was a adjourned. Kaur claimed to had stayed with Sahib Singh (alias of Hawara) for just 11 days, after which she was dropped off at her parent's house where Hawara stayed for a day.[12]


  1. ^ Gopal, Navjeevan; Brar, Kamaldeep Singh (11 November 2015). "Radicals 'appoint' Beant killer Jagtar Singh Hawara as Akal Takht chief". The Indian Express. Retrieved 21 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Court convicts Hawara, Bheora in Burail jail-break case". The Hindu. 12 August 2015. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Correspondent, HT. "Sarbat Khalsa appoints Jagtar Singh Hawara as Akal Takht jathedar" (10 November 2015). Hindustan Times. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  4. ^ "Jagtar Singh Hawara Bio". In.com. Retrieved 22 October 2016. 
  5. ^ Punjab News Line Archived 7 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Babbar Khalsa International "Roundup"". Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Jagtar Singh Hawara acquitted in 1992 murder case". Times of India. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  8. ^ "The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Main News". Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Babbar Khalsa International". Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  10. ^ http://www.punjabnewsline.com/content/view/5102/38/ Archived 13 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Harkirat Singh; Aseem Bassi (12 November 2015). "Interim Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Dhian Singh Mand detained". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  12. ^ Report, Bureau. "Sangrur court annuls marriage Jagtar Singh Hawara". Zee News. Retrieved 22 October 2016.