Comrade Balwinder Singh, winner of the Shaurya Chakra, is the only person whose two
wives were also awarded the Shaurya Chakra, after the family battled with 200 terrorists.
Balwinder Singh had once challenged Khalistan Commando Force terrorist Paramjit Singh
Panjwad in Bhikhiwind, a town of Tarn Taran, once known as Small Khalistan. Balwinder
Singh fought the terrorists with such vigor from 1980 to 1993 that even the then Governor JF
Ribeiro became his admirer.
In September 1990, Panjwad attacked Balwinder Singh’s house along with 200 terrorists. It
also used rocket launchers. Balwinder’s house had pucca bunkers. The terrorists surrounded
Balwinder’s house from all sides, blocked all the roads leading to his house so that the police
and paramilitary forces could not help.
Panjwad escaped during this five-hour encounter after many of his henchmen got killed. All
the members of the family bravely fought the terrorists with weapons like Stengan from the
front made at home. After this, Balwinder Singh’s name came in the national media
headlines. In 1993, on the recommendation of the Ministry of Home Affairs, the then
President Shankar Dayal Sharma conferred the Shaurya Chakra to Balwinder Singh, his elder
brother Ranjit Singh and his wives.
Panjwad and his operatives attacked Balwinder’s house several times from 1980 to 1993. His
house was under attack 11 times between 1990 and 93. Punjab Police withdrew his security
this year in March. In such a situation, Balwinder Singh was killed by two unidentified assailants on Friday in Bhikiwind village in Tarn Taran in Punjab when he opened the door of the school he had set up.