Canada: Bibi Prakash Kaur, the last surviving real sister of Shaheed Bhagat Singh passed away in Canada on Sunday. She was 94. Coincidently, she passed away on the birth anniversary of the martyr, which falls on September 28.
Professor Chaman Lal, a former professor of JNU Delhi and an author of several books on the martyr confirmed the news.
She was living with her son Rupinder Singh in Toronto. Interestingly, a few hours before she died, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) activists in Canada visited her to greet her on Bhagat Singh’s birth anniversary though she was not in a condition to respond.
She was bed ridden for 6-7 years. “Bibi Prakash Kaur was the last real sister of Bhagat Singh. Her husband Harbans Singh expired more than a decade ago. Her daughter’s brother-in-law was killed by Punjab police in an encounter and that had become a big issue in Punjab,” said Dr Lal.
Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s siblings included Jagat Singh, Bhagat Singh, Amar Kaur, Kulbir Singh, Shakuntla Devi, Kultar Singh, Prakash Kaur, Ranbir Singh and Rajinder Singh. Jagat Singh died very young, while others lived longer, apart from Bhagat Singh’s martyrdom at 23. Prior to Bibi Prakash Kaur, Kultar Singh died in 2004, at the age of 86 years.
Kultar Singh had remained MLA and minister in ND Tiwari led UP government. Kulbir Singh remained a Jan Sangh MLA from Punjab in the early 1960s.
Dr Lal also visited Bibi Prakash Kaur along with her other relatives living in Toronto in January 2012; she was known as Sumitra in family.
Nephews and nieces of Bhagat Singh, Virender Sandhu, Kiranjit Singh Sandhu, Inderjit Dhillon and Abhey Sandhu also condoled the passing away of Bibi Prakash Kaur.