Freedom fighter Bhagat Singh’s hideout in ruins: The Tribune India

Our correspondent

Ferozepur, March 22

Even six years after being notified as a ‘protected monument’, the state government has made no concerted effort to develop and preserve the two-storey building that served as a hideout for the legendary Krantikari party. revolutionary Bhagat Singh.

After a long legal battle fought by the locals, the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs had declared the building a “protected monument” on December 17, 2015. Subsequently, no steps were taken to take the building back and no funds were given. was allocated. .

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At present, the building is under the control of the Krishna Bhagti Satsung Trust. Nand Kishore Sharma, one of the trustees, said his grandfather Lahori Ram Shastri had met Bhagat Singh here many times. “I am ready to do anything for the construction of a museum in the building,” he said. Previously, the district administration had given formal notice to the occupants not to modify the structure or sell the premises.

In 2016, the then Deputy DPS Commissioner Kharbanda issued a proposal to move the ground floor store and the family occupying the first floor to another location for which an agreement was also drafted. However, the case is still stuck.

During his visit three years ago, former Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs Navjot Sidhu also pledged to provide Rs 15 lakh for the renovation of the building.

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“This building is nothing less than a center of pilgrimage for me. This was hired by my father Dr Gaya Prashad under the false name of Dr BS Nigam to run a pharmacy in 1928-29,” Kranti Kumar Katiyar said.

“While the pharmacy was run on the ground floor, the first floor was used by the revolutionaries to make bombs and strategize against British rule,” said Rakesh Kumar, who is also the author of several books on the monument.

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When contacted, Deputy Commissioner Gurpal Singh Chahal said, “We will raise the matter with higher authorities. He said the state government is determined to develop all these memorials and efforts are being made for this.

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Some NGOs have submitted proposals to the government, expressing their willingness to contribute to the restoration of the historic building. However, nothing has happened so far. Even the Sonalika group had announced to contribute Rs10 lakh for the restoration of the martyr’s hiding place.

Thelma J. Longworth