I write this to salute the Sikh soldiers who deserted their regiments after the Blue Star operation on Sri Harmandir Sahib. Their bravery is remarkable. Just try to imagine the spirit in them. They gave up their careers and life long pensions for the sake of Panth. "Teri Ninda naa saharee".
One of the leaders who led the mutiny was from a village near Amritsar. My grandmother knows his family and I just remember his last name -Randhawa. This young man was extremely brave and strong.
The commander who was leading their regiment, said some derogatory things about the Sikhs and the militants inside Sri Harmandir Sahib. Randhawa could not tolerate it. He somehow got control of the storeroom where they kept weopons and led the Sikh soldiers to revolt. First he sent the Colenol who said bad things about Sikhs, to Dharam Rai. Then he put on the uniform and signs of a Colenol and started marching towards Amritsar.
Now we should remember that they were thousands of miles away from Amritsar and they knew that they would not reach Darbar Sahib but they marched towards it, nevertheless.
This small group was attacked with helocopters and thousands of soldiers and most of them were killed. Randhawa was caught alive.
When the parents of Randhawa went to see him, they were shocked to see the condition of their son. Each and every hair of his body had been plucked from his body and he had been very badly tortured. He could only say this much that he was glad he did it and he did not want to live his life after the destruction of Sri Akal Takht. He could not sustain the torture and left his body for the arms of Guru Gobind Singh jee who must have kissed his son on the forehead and embraced him.
I salute the bravery of Randhawa and his fellow soldiers who could not bear the destruction of Siri Harmandir Sahib and Siri Guru Granth Sahib jee. After all the Sikh soldiers pledge on Siri Guru Granth Sahib jee before joining army ranks and if Siri Guru Granth Sahib jee is desecrated by the government then how can they be faithful to such government?