Freedom fighter, Nishan Singh, 92, died after a short illness here on Sunday. He was cremated with full state honours at Sahoke village in the district. The family lit the pyre while a contingent of Punjab police reversed the arms.
Nishan had participated in Quit India Movement and was jailed for 11 months in 1942. He was born in Sheikhupura district of Pakistan in 1925 and had migrated to India after Partition. The family has been living in Sahoke village since the division of India and Pakistan.
“He had to go to jail as he was a part of Quit India Movement. He faced many difficulties during Partition,” said Sadha Singh, 57, son of the freedom fighter.
“After coming to India, he worked with Indian National Congress. He left the party in 1984 and joined Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). He was a committed party worker and had also served as the sarpanch of the village,” he added.
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Sunam MLA Aman Arora and Longowal naib tehsildar Gurnam Singh also attended the cremation, along with other villagers.