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  1. Admin Singh

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    Home They Brought The Braveheart Dead
    by IANS

    Gurinder Singh, 10, had always yearned to meet his father, Sukhwinder Singh, but not the way he finally did.

    Sukhwinder, hailed a 'hero' by all Britain, had been killed chasing two muggers in London., England.

    When the body was brought to his ancestral village late Wednesday night (January 27, 2010), it was the first time Gurinder saw his father.

    Gurinder had been born a few months after Sukhwinder left for Britain in search of a better life. The boy was brought up in their ancestral village Dholanwal, near Khanna town in Punjab's Ludhiana district.

    Sukhwinder, 31, worked as a builder in Britain. For 10 years, he had not been able to afford a trip home.

    On January 8, 2010 evening, Sukhwinder had chased and confronted two youths near East London's Barking station when they mugged a young woman. One of them stabbed Sukhwinder, who died at London's Royal Hospital. He was tmmediately termed a 'hero' by London's Metropolitan Police.

    Like many Punjabi youth for whom living in a western country is a dream, Sukhwinder had left his rural home near Punjab's bursting industrial hub of Ludhiana a decade ago to make it good in Britain.

    When he was killed, Sukhwinder - Bittu to family and friends - had saved just about enough for a trip home to see his parents, his wife Sandeep Kaur and the son. He had planned the trip in June 2010.

    Instead, Sukhwinder's father, Sardar Phakkar Singh, travelled nearly 8,000 km to London to get back the body of his braveheart son.

    Sukhwinder was cremated in his village on Thursday, January 28.

    Phakkar Singh said it was in the blood of every Sikh to help those in distress.

    United Kingdom's top police officer, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson said that it was heores like Sukhwinder Singh that "made our society worthwhile."
    The Sikh community in Britain arranged to send Sukhwinder's body back to India.As well, it has raised approx. $200,000 to date for his family.

    Community leaders have been paying tributes to him.

    Nirmal Singh Gill, who represents the Longbridge ward on Barking and Dagenham council, said: '"He was a very nice young man. He used to go the gurdwara every evening and was always helping. He would help anybody so it doesn't surprise me that he was trying to help a lady in distress.

    "He didn't deserve this - nobody deserves it - but he was a special young man. He was very well known in the Sikh community and everyone is very shocked. It's a very big loss to everyone, both here and in Punjab.'

    A tribute page on networking site Facebook already has over 24,000 followers for Sukhwinder. Most of them are seeking severe punishment for his killers.[Three of them have been apprehended to date.]

    The attack came just weeks after Britain's Home Office released figures stating that nearly 375,000 people were mugged in England and Wales in 2009. The count made it one incident every 90 seconds.

    January 29, 2010

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  3. Mai Harinder Kaur

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    What a great example he has set for the rest of us! We can all walk a little taller because of what he has done. Vaheguru bless his widow and son with every good thing left to them in life. Their great sacrifice has enriched us all.


    May his courage and selflessness inspire us to emulate him whenever we are called upon to do so.
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