January 6, 1959
|Died||October 31, 1984 (aged 25)|
|Cause of death||Gunshot wounds|
|Occupation||Bodyguard of the Prime Minister of India|
|Employer||Government of India|
|Criminal charge||Assassination of Indira Gandhi|
Bimal Kaur Khalsa
(m. 1976; died 1990)
Beant Singh (6 January 1959 - 31 October 1984), born in Jaitu in the Faridkot, Punjab, was a bodyguard of Indira Gandhi, one of two who took part in her assassination in 1984. He was shot dead by the Prime Minister's other bodyguards afterward.
Operation Blue Star left a deep mark in the thinking of Beant Singh and Satwant Singh. On 31 October 1984, Beant Singh and Satwant Singh, both part of the Indian elite forces, who served as bodyguards for the Prime Minister. Satwant Singh always worked in the late shifts and Beant Singh worked in the early morning shifts as the prime minister's security. On 31 October, Satwant Singh faked a stomach illness, and swapped duties with another guard so that they could work together to execute their plan. That morning, at approximately 9:00 am on 31 October 1984, as Indira Gandhi walked from her house, the assassination took place. Initially, Beant Singh drew a .38-calibre revolver and fired three shots into Indira Gandhi's abdomen.
As she fell to the ground, Satwant Singh fired all 30 rounds from his Sten submachine gun into her body. They both allegedly shouted Sikh religious slogan of "Jo Bole So Nihal, Sat Sri Akal!" during the assassination.
They placed their weapons on the floor afterwards while saying "We have done what we needed to, now you can do what you have to." They were apprehended and taken to a guardhouse where a struggle ensued in which Satwant Singh grabbed the commando's handgun. Other commandos opened fire and Beant Singh died on the spot. Satwant Singh was seriously injured and taken to a hospital upon the arrival of a senior security officer. Satwant Singh was later sentenced to death, along with Kehar Singh, the uncle of Beant Singh who had abetted his nephew.
Beant Singh's act generated political support for Sikh radicals, resulting in their winning two Lok Sabha seats from state of Punjab. The Lok Sabha is a directly elected 543 member lower house of the Parliament of India.
Singh's widow Bimal Kaur Khalsa initially joined a Sikh militant group, prior to her own election as member of Lok Sabha from Ropar. His father, Sucha Singh, was elected member of Lok Sabha from Bathinda (Lok Sabha constituency).
In 2004, his death anniversary was again observed at Akal Takht, Amritsar, where his mother was honored by the head priest and tributes were paid to Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh by various political parties.
In 2007, the death anniversaries of Satwant Singh and his wife were observed in various parts of Punjab and other countries.
The Sikhism-centric political party in India, Shiromani Akali Dal, observed the death anniversary of Beant Singh and Satwant Singh as 'martyrdom' for the first time on 31 October 2008; every 31 October since, their 'martyrdom day' has been observed at Sri Akal Takht Sahib.