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December 22, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Jathedar Shot Dead

Jathedar Santokh Singh, 52, president of the Delhi Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee was shot dead by a DGPC member Sohan Singh Sandhi from the Singh Sabha Gurudwara in Delhi’s Vishnu Garden.

By: Editorial |
December 22, 2021 4:55:00 am
Prime Minister Indira Gandhi has expressed shock at the Jathedar’s murder.

Jathedar Santokh Singh, 52, president of the Delhi Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee was shot dead by a DGPC member Sohan Singh Sandhi from the Singh Sabha Gurudwara in Delhi’s Vishnu Garden. Immediately after Sohan Singh was shot dead by the Jathedar’s bodyguard. Though police and eyewitness accounts were nebulous regarding the incident which took place a few seconds, preliminary investigations reveal that the Jathedar who was travelling in a white Ambassador car was shot thrice by Sandhu, a few yards from the gurudwara. He had come to attend a function at the gurudwara. Santokh Singh and Sohan Singh Sandhu were declared dead upon arrival at the hospital. Prime Minister Indira Gandhi has expressed shock at the Jathedar’s murder.

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