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Capt seeks military honours for 1857 martyrs

chandigarh Updated: Mar 04, 2014 09:43 IST
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Captain Amarinder Singh

Former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh has demanded cremation with full military honours for all people the British had shot down and thrown into an Ajnala well mass grave during the first War of Independence in 1857.

In a statement issued here on Monday, Amarinder, permanent invitee to Congress Working Committee (CWC), said that since most people who died in the incident were soldiers, the defence ministry should identify their living relatives by the DNA test on the remains that have been exhumed and preserve their memories.

"They were the first freedom fighters of the country and deserve a funeral with military honours as a befitting tribute to their great sacrifice," Amarinder Singh said.