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Author Topic: Not just for show...Kirpans 1947  (Read 1634 times)


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Not just for show...Kirpans 1947
« on: January 01, 2011, 06:59:04 AM »

All Sikh's carry a Kirpan ( knife ). Here a report in The Times 25th August 1947 :-
' The Sikh Jathas, armed mob's 50 to 100 strong, assemble to pray before an attack on a Muslim village. The Muslims where normally only armed with Lathis ( stave's ). They would gather on the roof top's during an attack and beat drums and bang gong's to summon help from other Muslim's. The Sikhs would attack scientifically. First wave shot's at the roof top's. A second lob's grenades over the wall's. In the ensuing confusion the third wave go's in armed with kirpans then the serious killing begins. The last wave consists of old men with torches and specialise in arson. Mounted outriders with swords cut down those trying to flee. None where spared, men, women and children. In one village out of 50 corpses 30 were women. One Viceroy's comissioned officer found four babies roasted to death over a fire '.