Uttam Singh, Hans

Uttam Singh (Udham Singh), son of Jita Singh, from the village of Hans, near Jagraon, Ludhiana district, Punjab, was among the returnees from Canada brought to trial in the second or supplementary Lahore Conspiracy Case that lasted from 29 October 1915 until 30 March 1916. He was convicted and hanged for his involvement with a gang of returned emigrants that planned raids on the arsenal at Ferozepur and on the treasury at Moga. Fifteen members of the gang, including Uttam Singh, met the police on the road from Ferozepur to Moga on 27 November 1914 and, in the encounter, killed two police officers. He was one of the Canadian martyrs—along with Mewa Singh and Balwant Singh—remembered in meetings held every January in New Westminster or elsewhere in the Vancouver area by  gatherings of 500 or better than half of the Sikhs in British Columbia in the immediate post-war period.

Sources: Struggle for Free Hindustan: Ghadr Directory, Punjab Section, 1915 (published Mehrauli, New Delhi: Gobind Sadan Institute for Advanced Studies in Comparative Religion, 1996); James Campbell Ker, Director of Criminal Intelligence, Political Troubles in India, 1907-17 (Published, Delhi: Oriental Publisher, 1973); Library and Archives, Canada. Immigration Files, RG 76, particularly vol. 386, File 536999 pt. 11, “Note on the Hindu Revolutionary Movement in Canada” prepared for W.W. Cory by Immigration Department, March 1919.