Railway station renamed after Bhagat Singh

Wednesday 15th April 2015 06:17 EDT

Chandigarh: The Punjab government has notified the renaming of Nawanshahr railway station as Shaheed Bhagat Singh railway station in a befitting tribute to great martyr of India’s freedom struggle Bhagat Singh, an official spokesperson said. Shaheed Bhagat Singh was one of the most prominent faces of Indian freedom struggle who was hanged by the then British government at Lahore jail in 1931. On April 8, 1929 Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt threw bombs in the Central Assembly Hall while the Assembly was in session. The bombs did not hurt anyone. After throwing the bombs, Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt deliberately courted arrest by refusing to run away from the scene.

During his trial, Bhagat Singh refused to employ any defence counsel. In jail, he went on hunger strike to protest the inhuman treatment to fellow political prisoners by jail authorities. On October 7, 1930 Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Raj Guru were awarded death sentence by a special tribunal. Bhagat Singh and his associates were hanged in the early hours of March 23, 1931. Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had specially come to Punjab and visited Hussainiwala to pay tributes to these great sons of nation.

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