November 3, 2012 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Mohali, Punjab (November 03, 2012): Khalistan ideologue Dr. Sohan Singh passed away on October 31, 2012 at the age of 98. He was cremated in Mohali on November 01, 2012.
Dr. Sohan Singh died of old age after a brief illness and He is Survived by four sons.
Having passed his MBBS from Kind Edward College in Lahore before Partition, Dr. Singh retired as director, health services, Punjab, in 1974. He had served as civil surgeon in different districts of the state and had settled down in Mohali around 15 years ago.
He had been practising physiotherapy after retirement when he drifted towards the idea of establihsment of a separate sovereign State for Sikhs, commonly called the Khalistan.
He had formed the Sikh Sophisticates’ Forum, and organised various seminars on Khalistan. Having remained in regular touch with Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, in 1983 he had released a poster naming Sant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale as the “Sikh of the Year”.
After the armed attack by Indian state on various Sikh gurudwaras, including Sri Darbar Sahib Amritsar, he made constant efforts for declaration of Khalistan, and succeeded in 1986 when the Panthic Committee, then an umbrella organisation of militants, finally made a ‘formal declaration’ at the Akal Takht in April of that year.
After remaining active in the Khalistan movement was arrested from Nepal in 1992. Charged under the National Security Act, he remained in jail till 1995. Later, he was exonerated of all charges and lived his life in Punjab.
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