Jagtar Singh Hawara

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Jagtar Singh Hawara
Native name ਜਗਤਾਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਹਵਾਰਾ
Born Jagtar Singh Hawara
(1973-05-16) May 16, 1973 (age 43)
Hawara, Fatehgarh Sahib, Panjab
Residence Tihar Jail, New Delhi, India
Nationality Indian
Known for Assassination of Beant Singh, 12th Chief Minister of Punjab[1]
2004 Burail jailbreak[2]
Spouse(s) Balwinder Kaur (m. 2005; div. 2006)
Children 1
  • Narinder Kaur (mother)

Jagtar Singh Hawara (Punjabi: ਜਗਤਾਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਹਵਾਰਾ) born (May 16, 1973) is a claimant to the position of 31st Jathedar of Akal Takht, the highest spokesman of the Sikh community. He was appointed by a Sarbat Khalsa in 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 Bhangu was born on May 16, 1973, at Hawara, a small village in Fatehgarh Sahib, Panjab. His father died in 1991. His mother's name is Narinder Kaur. [4]

Criminal record[edit]

Murder accusations[edit]

At the age of 15, Hawara was accused of the murder of a Granthi (Sikh Priest) of Sri Muktsar Sahib but was later acquitted.[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 August 31, 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] Beant Singh was allegedly blamed for thousands of extra judicial murders of Sikhs.[10]

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.[11]

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

On November 10, 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 radical Sikh outfits.[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.[12]

Personal life[edit]

In 2005, Hawara married Balwinder Kaur, daughter of Dara Singh at a Gurdwara in village Dohla. On March 3, 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.[13]


  1. ^ Gopal, Navjeevan; Brar, Kamaldeep Singh (11 November 2015). "Radicals 'appoint' Beant killer Jagtar Singh Hawara as Akal Takht chief". The Indian Express. 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 August 7, 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. ^ Romesh, Silva; Marwaha, Jasmine; Klingner, Jeff (2009), Violent Deaths and Enforced Disappearances During the Counterinsurgency in Punjab, India: A Preliminary Quantitative Analysis (PDF), retrieved 2012-08-14 
  11. ^ http://www.punjabnewsline.com/content/view/5102/38/ Archived May 13, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ Harkirat Singh; Aseem Bassi (12 November 2015). "Interim Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Dhian Singh Mand detained". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 6 March 2017. 
  13. ^ Report, Bureau. "Sangrur court annuls marriage Jagtar Singh Hawara". Zee News. Retrieved 22 October 2016.