Harnam Singh Furlo (c. 1873-1914)

Harnam Singh Furlo of Moom Gahil village, Patiala, Punjab was a granthi in Millside, B.C. and, before coming to Canada in 1906, he had served in the Malay Police. In Vancouver he was a friend of Baboo Singh, Bela Singh, and Ganga Ram, all immigration department informants. On August 31, 1914, he was found dead by B.C. Railway’s rail car barns in the Kitsilano area of Vancouver. His throat had been slashed by a straight razor, and his body been lying there for two weeks. An inquest could not decide whether it was homicide or suicide but his friends were certain it was homicide. His death led to the shooting outrage by Bela Singh in the Vancouver Sikh gurdwara and, in a continuing tragic sequence, the assassination of immigration inspector Hopkinson, and the conviction for murder and hanging of Mewa Singh.

Sources: I.M. Muthanna, People of India in North America. Part First (Bangalore: Printed at Lutus Printers, 1975; Library and Archives Canada, Immigration Files, RG 76; B.C. Death Certificate, Reg. No. 1914 09-140281.