Gurdwara Sri Shaheedan Sahib Ladhewal is situated in Ladhewal in the Hoshiarpur district.
This site follows on from a skirmish between Sahibzada Ajit Singh and Hakim Zabar Khan where a hindu bride was rescued at Bassi Kalan.
Sahibzada Ajit Singh was leading his Jatha during this clash. Hakim Zabar Khan (a muslim pathan) was the chief of Bassi Kalan and 21 other villages of the Hoshiarpur District.
Hakim Zabar Khan used to torture the hindus of the villages. Khan would even have his men snatch the wedding doli of young hindu brides so he could rape them before their marriages were consummated.
Devi Das was a poor brahman who belonged to Jaijon, a village near Hoshiarpur. Zabar Khan had forcibly kidnapped the newly wedded wife of Devi Das.
The brahman was heart broken and wept before the muslim qazis (judges) and other religious leaders, but nobody cared.
Finally in desperation, he went to the Darbar (Court) of Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji at Anandpur Sahib and narrated his story to the Guru Sahib.
After listening to the story Guru Gobind Singh ordered Sahibzada Baba Ajit Singh to arrest Zabar Khan and to return the wife of Devi Das to her husband.
Guru Sahib send Baba Ajit Singh with 100-200 brave Singh's. At Hoshiarpur, Bhai Ratan Singh helped Sahibzada Ajit Singh Ji plan the arrest and attack. In the evening Sahibzada Baba Ajit Singh stormed Zabar Khan's dwelling. After a fight, Zabar Khan though wounded, was arrested and tied up. Baba Ajit Singh sent Pathan Zabar Khan and the wife of Devi Das to Anandpur with some Sikhs.
Zabar Khan was punished at Anandpur for his misdeeds. Sahibzada Baba Ajit Singh cremated the martyred Singhs. Cremations of martyrs were carried out at Gurdwara Sri Shaheedan Sahib Ladhewal and Gurdwara Sri Harian Vellan Sahib. Baba Ratan Singh was also wounded and died after few days.
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