Bishen Singh, Dadher (1884- )

Bishen Singh was a passenger on the Komagata Maru. He was the son of Jowala Singh from the village of Dadher, near Sirhali, Amritsar. In the spring of 1914 he was living in the Philipines and he was among eighty-five passengers recruited in Manila by Harnam Singh Khabra, all of whom joined the Komagata Maru when it reached Nagasaki, Japan on its way to Vancouver. At the end of the voyage he was present at the Budge Budge riot and he was captured with several other passengers from his district by police at Samalia, Bistupur in the 24-Parganas, 200 kilometres east of Budge Budge. Along with other Komagata Maru men he was held in the Kalighat jail in Kolkata until January 1915 when he was sent back home to arrive there on January 27. Like other Komagata Maru men he was under orders stay in his village. His activities over the months that followed led to his arrest and conviction in the Lahore Conspiracy Case of 1915. He was sentenced to imprisonment in the Andaman Islands but released unconditionally in 1920. In the 1920s he took part in the Akali protests and from 1929 he served as a sevadar in the Golden Temple in Amritsar.

Sources: The Ghadr Directory, 1934, Compiled by the Director, Intelligence Bureau, Home Department, Government of India (Published, Patiala: Punjabi University, 1997); Struggle for Free Hindustan: Ghadr Directory, Punjab Section, 1915 (published Mehrauli, New Delhi: Gobind Sadan Institute for Advanced Studies in Comparative Religion, 1996); Report of the Komagata Maru Committee of Inquiry, (Calcutta, 1914).