Saga of gallantry: How Mehtab Singh and Sukha Singh took revenge (Part-II)(.......Continued from Part-I)
In early August 1740, Mehtab Singh and Sukha Singh started their journey to Harmandir Sahib from Bikaner. Mehtab's wife and children also accompanied them. They reached Damdama Sahib Sikh Cantonment near Bhatinda. On 11th August 1740, Mehtab and Sukha started the last part of their journey to Harmandir Sahib.
They were disguised as wealthy Muslim peasants. They were riding their horses. But, more importantly, they were carrying sacks, which, prima facie, were full of coins. They reached just outside the Sacred Temple complex, got down from their horses, tied the horses near a berry tree (which still stands) and proceeded to enter Harmandir Sahib.
The alert guards came to check. But they mistook them as village Chaudhry (headmen) who came to pay taxes to Massa Rangar. Both entered the complex.
Mehtab and Sukha proceeded to the sanctum sanctorum through the causeway over the Sacred Lake (Sarovar). Massa Rangar was sitting on a cot in a drunken stupor, watching the dance performance of nautch girls.
Mehtab Singh bowed down and placed the sack near the feet of Massa Rangar and asked Sukha Singh to do the same. When Sukha followed Mehtab, Massa Rangar bent down to check the content of the sacks.
In a lightning strike with his sword, Mehtab cut the head of this dirty creature who had been defiling Harmandir Sahib. Sukha also drew his sword and in a flash killed some guards who first approached to resist them.
They took the severed head of Massa Rangar in a sack containing earthen pot, alighted their horses and took off like lightning. The entire job was completed in less than three minutes.
Next morning, Mehtab and Sukha reached Damdama Sahib Cantonment with the head of Massa Rangar on a spear for public display. Needless to say, they received heroes' welcome from the local people. Later, at a place called Buddha Johad near Sri Ganganagar (on their way to Bikaner), the head of Massa Rangar was hung from a tree to convince people of the death of the tyrant.
Today a Gurudwara stands at the place. It marks the resolve of the Sikhs how to keep the sanctity of the holy places intact and how to punish those who dare to defile the holy places.