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Punjab Insurgency – An Untold Story (Part V)
During the 80s, terrorism claimed several innocent lives; we saw two instances in the previous story – Harjinder Singh and Subhash Chandra. Besides, these two families, other numerous families who got affected by the radical groups at that time. The analysis contributes to an understanding of the insurgency in Punjab that took as many lives as it can. Umranangal family also lost their loved ones during the insurgency in Punjab. Jathedar Jiwan Singh Umranangal has always raised a voice against what he considered wrong. He was of the view that being a Sikh, it is his religion to do so. He gained immense knowledge by reading Sikh scriptures, and he staunchly believes that a Sikh should always be ready to die for the truth. With an unshakable conviction, Jiwan Singh believed that what the terrorist groups are doing in Punjab is against the principles of Sikhism. For having this attitude, he and his family also got threats from the radical groups, through letters, to stop speaking against them. The police took the threats seriously, and his sprawling farmhouse (on the GT road between Jalandhar and Amritsar) was turned into a fortress where CRPF pickets were deployed. All entrances to the farmhouse had armed guards, …