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History > Freedom Fighter - Satguru Ram Singh Ji


The British government of India held the view that the Kuka prisoners or the Subas of Guru Ram Singh should be brought to trial on specific charges, but the Punjab Government differed and insisted that they be kept in detention. Finally, the Government of India also agreed and reported the same to the Secretary of State for India. It shows that the pressure of the Punjab government was too great and their detention under Regulation III of 1818 was absolutely due to their attitude. This is clear from the Government of India letter No. 60 dated the 27th December, 1872 (Fort William) addressed to the Secretary of State.

It is important to note that the Punjab Government was frankly genuine about the judicial trial. In their telegram dated the 19th January 1872 they had written to the Government of India that they did not possess any direct evidence against Guru Ram Singh, to be able to put him on trial.

When this telegram reached, the Government of India the very next daythe following minute was recorded, by a member of the Viceroy’s council which exposes how the mind of British bureaucracy was acting:

“It will probably be necessary to issue warrants under Regulation III of 1818 as under the ordinary lawthese men would have to be examined by the local magistrate and committed to the local goal”

The Bunglow in Rangoon (Burma) where Satguru Ram Singh was confined for 8 years for starting the first non-cooperation movement to achieve independence of India.

Earlier the last mughul emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar was also detained in this bunglow.

Hukamnamas were sent secretly through the sikhs who used to reach Rangoon in disguise. With the direction of Sri Satguru Ji, Satguru Hari Singh was able to establish contacts with Russia and other countries.

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