The heroic event of Saka (incident) Panja Sahib took place at Hasan Abdal (Pakistan) railway station on the morning of October 30,1922. This place is close to the sacred shrine of Panja Sahib.
On August 8, 1922, the police arrested five Sikhs for cutting Acacia wood for Guru-Ka-Langar (free community kitchen) from uncultivated land attached to Gurdwara Guru Ka Bagh. Each one of these Sikhs was sentenced to a fine of Rupees fifty and imprisoned of six months. On 25 August, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (Apex body of Sikh controlling Gurdwaras) started a nonviolent morcha (agitation) to assert their right to cut trees for Guru ka Langar (community kitchen) from the land attached to the Gurdwara. The police resorted to beating the Sikhs coming in batches to cut the trees for the Langar. The cruel behavior of police towards the non violent batches of Sikhs continued till the intervention of the Governor of Punjab on 13 September. Thereafter, the police started arresting the non violent Sikh volunteers. These Sikhs were tried summarily at Amritsar and then dispatched by special trains to distant jails. One such train left Amritsar on October 29, 1922 for the Attock Fort (now in Pakistan). This train was to pass through Hasan Abdal (now in Pakistan) on the following morning.
The Sikhs of Panja Sahib decided to serve a meal to the prisoners carried by the train. When they reached the railway station with the food, they were informed by the station master that the train was not scheduled to halt at that station. Their plea that such trains had earlier been stopped at other places for the prisoners to be fed was not accepted. Two of the Sikhs, Bhai Pratap Singh and Bhai Karam Singh, who were leading the sangat (congregation), informed the station master that Guru Nanak had stopped a mountain with one hand to give water to his thirsty disciple at that place. They further said that the Sikhs of Guru Nanak were capable of stopping the train to provide food to the hungry prisoners in the train. In the meantime, the train arrived. Hearing the rumbling sound of the approaching train, these two Sikhs went forward and lied on the track. Several others, men and women, followed suit. The train driver blew the whistle repeatedly, but the Sikhs were determined to stop it. Ultimately, the train slowed and came it to a screeching halt, but not before it had run over eleven Sikhs. The worst mauled were Bhai Pratap Singh and Bhai Karam Singh, who succumbed to their injuries. The Rest of the Sikhs were badly injured. However, due to the sacrifice of these eleven Sikhs, the train halted for one and a half hours. The Sangat of Panja Sahib served the Sikhs on the train whole-heartedly and later turned to the injured. Thereafter, the train left for its destination without any hindrance by the peaceful Sikhs. Later on, when the train-driver was asked the reason for stopping the train at Hasan Abdal, he replied that when the train had hit the Sikhs lying on the track, vacuum lever dropped out of his hand and the train stopped. The driver confirmed that he did not apply the brakes of the train. The dead bodies of the two Sikhs were taken to Rawalpindi (now in Pakistan), where the cremated took place on November 01, 1922. They were hailed as martyrs. Until the partition of 1947, a three day religious fair used to be held in their memory of this incident at Panja Sahib from October 30 to November 01 every year.