The renovation work of the barrack at Mubarikpur village at Dera Bassi, where martyr Bhagat Singh was kept confined for a night around eight decades ago, was inaugurated by chief parliamentary secretary NK Sharma on the martyr's birth anniversary on Sunday.
He also promised to make all possible efforts to provide a heritage status to the barrack. However, the task of renovating the barrack is being undertaken by the Rotary Club of Dera Bassi.
Earlier, patriotic slogans echoed in the barrack during the birth anniversary celebrations. Later, volunteers from several youth clubs not only donated blood, but also took out a motorcycle rally. A blood donation camp was also organised near the barrack by Property Dealers and Builders Association, Dera Bassi, wherein 224 blood units were collected. It is worthwhile to mention that Bhagat Singh spent a whole night in this barrack as he was on way to appear in a hearing at Shimla Court with English rulers.
In SAS Nagar, a rally was taken out to commemorate the anniversary. On the occasion, families of Udham Singh and that of an acid victim were given financial help. The rally, which was flagged off by Paramjit Kaur Landra, chairperson, State Women Commission, started from Sector 71 and went through Phase 7, 8, 10 and 12, before concluding at Gurdwara Amb Sahib, Phase 8, SAS Nagar.
Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Sarabjit Singh Samana and senior Youth Akali Dal leader Ashwani Kumar Sharma were present on the occasion.