The Punjab government has informed the Punjab and Haryana high court that it does not wish to construct a memorial in honour of Shaheed Madan Lal Dhingra at the site of his ancestral house in Amritsar.
The information was submitted during resumed hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by advocate HC Arora on Thursday before the division bench headed by chief justice Arjan Kumar Sikri.
Known as 'The First Punjab Rebel Martyr', Dhingra (25) was hanged to death by the British government in London in 1909 for murdering British army officer Sir William Hutt Curzon Wyllie.
The state government informed that the purchaser of the ancestral house had demolished the old structure (in February this year) and as of now, only a vacant plot was available at the site surrounded by buildings.
It was added that Dhingra's life-size statue had already been installed in a green space at the entrance to a housing flat scheme (in Amritsar) named after the martyr, while the main bus stand in the city was also named after him. The court disposed of the PIL, observing that no further directions needed to be passed.
Madan Lal Dhingra
Born in 1883, Dhingra studied at colleges in Amritsar and Lahore before going to University College, London
He shot dead British army officer Sir William Hutt Curzon Wyllie in the UK in July 1909
After a short trial, he was hanged to death in August 1909 at the age of 25