Freedom fighter Bhagat Singh’s hiding place in shambles: the Tribune India

Our correspondent

Ferozepur, March 22

Even six years after being declared a “protected monument,” the state government has made no concerted effort to develop and preserve the two-story building that served as the hideout for the Krantikari party led by the legendary revolutionary Bhagat Singh. .

After a long legal battle waged by the inhabitants, the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Affairs declared the building a “protected monument” on December 17, 2015. Subsequently, no action was taken to take back the building or any funds n ‘has been allocated for this. .

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

In 2016, then deputy commissioner DPS Kharbanda raised a proposal to move the store on the ground floor and the family occupying the first floor to another location for which an agreement had also been drawn up. However, the case is still blocked.

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

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

“While the pharmacy was run on the ground floor, the first floor was used by 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 discuss the matter with higher authorities. He said the state government was determined to develop all of these memorials and efforts were being made for it.

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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 a contribution of Rs10 lakh for the restoration of the hiding place of the martyr.

Thelma J. Longworth