Satwant Singh Agwan (1962 – 6 January 1989) was one of the Sikh bodyguards, who, along with Beant Singh, assassinated their principal, the Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, at her New Delhi residence on 31 October 1984.
|Native name||ਸ਼ਹੀਦ ਭਾਈ ਸਤਵੰਤ ਸਿੰਘ|
|Born||Satwant Singh Bajwa
Agwan, Dera Baba Nanak, Gurdaspur, Punjab
|Died||6 January 1989
Tihar Jail, New Delhi, India
|Cause of death||Executed by hanging|
|Occupation||Bodyguard of the Prime Minister of India|
|Employer||Government of India|
|Criminal charge||Assassination of Indira Gandhi|
|Criminal penalty||Death by hanging|
|Spouse(s)||Surinder Kaur (m. 1988; d. 1989)|
During the Supreme Court trial, Satwant Singh, a former hanuman akahara (club wrestler) from Amritsar, made the following statement “Let any part of my body, after my Shaheedi ["martyrdom"], removed and used by anyone who may need. However, if you need my eyes, let the authorities tell my parents. I have no hatred for any Hindu, Muslim, Christian, neither hatred for any religion. After my Shaheedi, let no Sikh throw any rock at any Hindu. I am not in favour of any retaliation or bloodshed over my Shaheedi. If we do create bloodshed, then there is no difference between us and Rajiv Gandhi. I am Proud of the task that I did! I do ardas [prayer] in front of Waheguru! If I am blessed with a human life, then give me a death of the Brave when I am hanged. Forget one life, if I could I would give up a thousand lives to kill dushts [thugs] like Indira Gandhi, and laugh as I become Shaheed [a martyr] by hanging….” 
The assassination of Indira Gandhi was motivated by an attack carried out by Indian government on Harmandir Sahib, where Sikh militants were residing in Amritsar, India. Beant Singh drew a .38 revolver and fired three shots into Indira Gandhi's abdomen; as she fell to the ground, Satwant Singh fired all 30 rounds from his Sten automatic weapon into her abdomen (thus, 33 bullets were fired in total, of which 30 bullets hit her). Both assassins subsequently dropped their weapons and surrendered.
Beant Singh was shot to death during interrogation in custody soon after the assassination. Satwant Singh was arrested and later sentenced to death by hanging along with co-conspirator Kehar Singh. The sentence was carried out on 6 January 1989.
After the executionsEdit
The Indian government did not hand over the bodies of the two executed men to their next of kin. Their bodies were cremated within Tihar jail. Citing concerns about possible violence, and the overall repugnant smell of the remains, the authorities refused to turn the ashes over to the relatives for use in religious ceremonies.
The assassination of Gandhi brought their immediate families into limelight, resulting in their winning two Lok Sabha seats from state of Punjab. The Lok Sabha is a directly elected 543 member lower house of the Parliament of India. A movie called Kaum de Heere was made about him in 2014 but barred from release in India.
Honours and death anniversariesEdit
In 2004, the anniversary of his death was again observed at Akal Takhat, Amritsar, where his mother was honored by the head priest and tributes were paid to Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh by various political parties. In 2007, the death anniversaries of Satwant Singh and his wife were observed in various parts of Punjab and other countries. On 6 January 2008, the (Akal Takht) declared Beant Singh and Satwant Singh 'martyrs of Sikhism', while the SGPC also labeled them "martyrs of the Sikh nation".
The Sikh-centric political party in India, Shiromani Akali Dal, observed the death anniversary of Beant Singh and Satwant Singh as 'martyrdom' for the first time on 31 October 2008. Every 31 October since, this date has been observed at Sri Akal Takht Sahib.
Aftermath of executions of Satwant Singh and Kehar SinghEdit
It was reported in the Indian press that during the aftermath of the executions of Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh, communal violence occurred in Punjab.
Singh's father was Tarlok Singh. He married Surinder Kaur (daughter of Virsa Singh) on 2 May 1988 while he was in prison. His fiancé wed him in absentia by marrying his photo in an Anand Karaj.
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