Tribune News Service
Amritsar, February 10
A state-level function to pay tributes to Sikh general and martyr Sardar Sham Singh Attariwala was organised at India Gate here on Monday. Medical Education and Research Minister Om Parkash Soni, Attari MLA Tarsem Singh DC, Maj-Gen Vikram Singh, Deputy Commissioner Shivdular Singh Dhillon, DCP Jagmohan Singh and Col Harinder Singh Attari were among those present on the occasion.
Attariwala participated in many campaigns, including the Battles of Multan, Kashmir and the Frontier Province. Owing to his courage and influence over the Khalsa army, Sham Singh was nominated to the Council of Regency set up by Maharani Jind Kaur for the minor sovereign Maharaja Duleep Singh. During the first Anglo-Sikh war, he crossed the Sutlej, vowing to lay down his life rather than return in defeat. Following his death in the Battle, Attariwala was cremated at his village Attari.
The dignitaries paid floral tributes were paid to Attariwala. Speaking on the occasion, Soni said Sham Singh Attariwala sacrificed everything to resist the British invasion. He said examples of valour which Attariwala displayed in the Battle of Sabrawan are rare in the history. Later homage was paid at the burial site of the Sikh general. Descendents of Attariwala were also honoured with ‘siropas’.
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