Martyred SP Baljit Singh, the third in his family to have died for the Nation

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Gurdaspur July 28: The militant attacks in Dinanagar have brought to the fore stories some of which were heartwarming such as the bravehearts – Bus Driver Nanak Chand and Trackman Ashwani Saini.

Then there is the heart-wrenching certitude of Gurdaspur SP (Detective) Baljit Singh (48), who got martyred in the Dinanagar terrorist attack.

He was the third member of the family to have died a hero’s death for the nation. SP Baljit Singh was son to a policeman who was killed by militants during the height of militancy in Punjab in 1984.

For Baljit Singh’s family, his martyrdom is a cruel repetition of history.

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In May 1991, not a long time after Baljit Singh’s father lost his life braving militancy, it was Baljit’s nephew – Sepoy Manpreet Singh (22), who became the target of the militants in Tarn Taran.

Baljit’s younger daughter Ravinder Kaur sobbed as she narrated, “When we heard about a terror attack at Gurdaspur this morning, I and my mother even called him to inquire about his well-being. He picked our phone and said he was fine. Even after the call, we were nervous and we kept the television on as the combat operation of the Punjab Police was on. It was around 12.50 pm that the news was flashed about him being killed. My brother Maninder Singh, who too was watching TV, switched it off immediately just so that my mother stops seeing it. He told me and my elder sister Parvinder Kaur to take care of mom and himself left home with some relatives.”

All three children of the martyr are studying in colleges. Ravinder is doing BDS from Bathinda. Maninder is doing BTech from a Kapurthala college while Parvinder is studying BA. Baljit’s wife Kulwant Kaur and his elder daughter Parvinder were not in a position to talk. Maninder had gone to Gurdaspur to bring back the body of his father. The body is likely to reach home tomorrow morning.


With inputs from The Tribune

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