A biography on late Gurmeet Singh, who was an advisor to former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh, will be released on Saturday.
Gurmeet Singh, who was from Bharhi village in Ludhiana, was respected among political and social circles. Ujagar Singh, 67, author of the book titled Siyaasat Da Masiha, claims that Gurmeet Singh would “stand in front of terrorists” when militancy was at its peak in the state. He credits him for persuading over 50 militants to surrender.
“He would stand in front of terrorists with an open chest and say, ‘shoot me if you want but I am here to talk’. His ability to talk to militants and persuade almost 50 of them to surrender is what made him stand apart. Even today, leaders from Akali Dal, BJP and others respect him despite he being political advisor of Congress CM.”
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Sources said that Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal even met with Gurmeet Singh after he succeeded Beant Singh.
After Beant Singh was assassinated, Gurmeet Singh led a protest in Chandigarh when Prime Minister Narsimha Rao was visiting the city demanding fair probe.
“Gurmeet Singh was not allowed to enter inside when the Prime Minister came. Everybody knew that he stood for what was right. He sat on the protest demanding the probe,” said the author.
Gurmeet Singh died of an illness in February 2005 at the age of 54.
The function is expected to be attended by family of Beant Singh as well as Ludhiana MP Ravneet Bittu.