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9 Jun, 8 tweets, 3 min read
"When sheep are beaten they bow their necks in retreat, when lions are beaten they answer back in attack."
- Shaheed Bhai Anokh Singh Ji Babbar

The story of Shaheed Bhai Sahib Bhai Anokh Singh Babbar

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In 1984, Bhai Anokh Singh Babbar fought and survived the Battle of Amritsar. Bhai Anokh Singh used to say, "May I be a Shaheed and may the enemy even cut me piece by piece, but no cry of pain should come from me." (Bhai Anokh Singh on the right) Image
When Bhai Anokh Singh was arrested for many days he was first kept hanging upside down in the police station. The torture following was excruciating. His hip was broken and both of his eyes were removed. Two foot long bars were hammered into Bhai Sahib’s feet up to his knees.
Heated rods were put through his chest and skull. His abdomen was opened and pins were put through his private area. After the torture he was left like this on the ground. No cries of pain and no screams. Bhai Sahib started reciting Rehras Sahib.
Last Ardaas of Bhai Sahib:
"Akaal Purakh Sachay Patshah Guru Nanak dev Gareeb Nivaaj Satguru, the day which rose in your Bhaana has passed in happiness, meditating on your naam. Sachay Patshah, night has arrived, may it too pass while remembering your Naam and in your Bhaana…
Satguru, May I be a Shaheed…Sachay Patshah, save me from becoming a traitor… Satguru, may the Sikhi and Kesh you have given me last with me till my final breaths…Suchay Patshah, have mercy on all….Bolay So Nihaal…Sat Sri Akal"
The Jakara was very loud, the head of the Jail ordered that Bhai Sahib’s toungue be cut off. They took a saw and cut his toungue as streams of blood flowed down his beard. The Police were frustrated with Bhai Sahib’s resilience and he attained Shaheedi on August 30th 1987. Image
It should also be noted that after Bhai Sahib’s Shaheedi, his father Bapu Makhan Singh and mother Mata ji were also abducted by the police and martyred after heavy torture. Image

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