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Jupinderjit Singh

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This book traces a fascinating journey of a journalist who set out to discover Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s pistol, lost not only in the realms of time but government records also. It is a gripping tale of over eight decades long journey of the weapon, a .32 US Colt pistol, used by Shaheed  Bhagat Singh to gun down British Police officer, JP Saunders outside Lahore Police station on December 17, 1928. After Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev were sentenced to death, the pistol and other case properties were handed over to the Lahore Police to be kept at the Fire Arms Bureau at Police Training School (now Academy), Phillaur in Jalandhar district. That was the last written record about the pistol. The weapon was, however, not seen in Phillaur or elsewhere. In an exemplary journalistic investigation, Jupinderjit Singh brought the pistol of the much revered hero of India out of oblivion. At the same time the writer has delved deeper into Bhagat Singh’s idea of non-violence.


Jupinderjit Singh is an award winning journalist, writer and author based in Chandigarh, Punjab. This is his third book. He earlier co-authored, Justice for Jassi, a book based on real-life honour killing of Canadian born Indian girl, Jassi, in Punjab. Recently, he has authored, Years later… on Facebook, an anthology of  short –stories and Middles. He is a Prem Bhatia Young Journalist Awardee in 2005 for his news-stories and research on the “Changing Demography of Punjab vis-à-vis the inflow of migrants from eastern and central states to Punjab and outflow of Punjabis’ to western countries” in 2005. He is also a Fellow with the Centre for Science and Environment on Forest Rights for the Tribal in Jammu and Kashmir.


Foreword. 9

Preface . 11

Acknowledgement . 13

Introduction . 15

1. The Beginning . 17

2. The First Clue . 21

3. Rebellion in his Genes . 31

4. Pistols and Bombs . 41

5. The Forensic Evidence . 51

6. Back from the Oblivion . 69

7. The President Connection . 79

8. Hussainiwala . 87

9. I am not a Terrorist . 95

Appendices . 141

Index . 161


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