Sohan Singh, Bakhna (1870-1968)

Sohan Singh from the village of Bakhna, Amritsar District, was the president of the Ghadar Party in San Francisco in 1914. He sailed from San Francisco bringing Ghadar literature and two boxes of revolvers which were taken onto the Komagata Maru in Yokohama during its stop there on its return journey.  He was arrested on his arrival in India in October 1914 and tried and sentenced to death in the Lahore Conspiracy Case. The sentence was commuted to life and he was released unconditionally on medical grounds in 1930. Once free he became a strong Congress party supporter and led an agitation for the release of Ghadar and martial law prisoners.

Sources: The Ghadr Directory, 1934, Compiled by the Director, Intelligence Bureau, Home Department, Government of India (Published, Patiala: Punjabi University, 1997); Harish K. Puri, Ghadr Movement: Ideology, Organization, Strategy (Amritsar: Guru Nanak Dev Universitry, 2nd edition, 1993).