Chhiniwal Khurd (Barnala): In what could be described as a sheer case of callousness, freedom fighters generally are running  from pillar to post in order to receive their pension. The case of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s security guard Pyara Singh (92) is not anyway different, who is fighting red-tapism and an insensitive system, sending several petitions to both the Central and Punjab government but in vain.

Besieged with problems and ready to shoulder his responsibility being a family patriarch, Pyara Singh, who is the resident of Chhiniwal Khurd, Punjab and had served in the Indian National Army, even approached the Punjab-Haryana High Court last year in the context of issuing his pension, but it came to naught.

The hope of nonagenarian was dashed to pieces as nobody came up to help him when misfortune struck him. His daughter-in-law battling with cancer succumbed to the disease. His son Gurusharan too contracted the same disease and is lying on his deathbed.

The freedom fighter said that he was deployed with the Mountain Regiment (British Army) in 1937 and later joined the Indian National Army. The British establishment sent him to jail (India-Singapore) for 11 months on the charge of mutiny.

He firmly stated that he was responsible for the security of Netaji during his stay in Singapore.
In 1972, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi also honoured him for his immense contribution to the country.

JPN/Bureau