Britain’s Queen Elizabeth must apologise for executing legendary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh in 1931 and pay blood money to his heirs, human rights activists in Pakistan said today as they marked his 85th death anniversary.
Events to mark Bhagat Singh’s death anniversary was held yesterday in two different places in Pakistan’s Punjab province.
The first ceremony was held at the birth place of Bhagat Singh — Chak 105-GB, Banga Chak, Jaranwala, Faisalabad district — some 100 kilometres from here. People from different walks of life attended the ceremony and paid rich tributes to him for his struggle for freedom.
The second function was held at Shadman Chowk here where Bhagat was hanged along with his companions Raj Guru and Sukhdev on March 23, 1931 after being tried under charges of hatching a conspiracy against the regime.
A resolution has also been adopted unanimously demanding the British Queen (Queen Elizabeth II) tender an apology for executing the freedom movement hero as well as paying blood money to his heirs.
Bhagat Singh was initially jailed for life but later awarded death sentence in another “fabricated case”, they said.
A written message of Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale was also read out during the occasion. Bambawale lauded efforts of the Bhagat Singh Foundation for organising the event to keep his memories alive.
“We will submit this resolution to the British High Commission in Islamabad to be forwarded to the Queen,” rights activist Abdullah Malik told PTI today.
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