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Award instituted in Azad?s memory

india Updated: Jan 12, 2007 02:25 IST

‘AMAR SHAHID Chandrshekhar Azad Samman’ carrying a cash prize of Rs 1.50 lakh has been instituted by the State government to mark the centenary celebrations of the revolutionary leader.

Azad Sandesh Yatra convenor Anil Dave told reporters in Indore on Thursday that the award would be given this financial year to a deserving freedom fighter. The State Publicity Department has prepared a biopic titled ‘Pehla Azad’.

A full size statue of Azad sculpted by Ram Sutar will be installed in Bhopal. Designs have been invited from all renowned architects from across the country for constructing Azad Memorial Temple at his birthplace and hometown Bhabra in Jhabua district.

Books on Azad and other revolutionaries who participated in the freedom struggle will be released during the yatra. The yatra, which had begun on January 3 from Alfred Park, Allahabad where Azad shot himself, as he preferred death to getting caught by the British, will reach Bhabra on Friday.

The yatra has travelled more than 3000 km traversing through 60 towns, 10 divisions and more than 20 districts. The aim of the yatra is to remember the sacrifices made by the freedom fighters in getting the country liberated from British rule.

On Thursday, the yatra left for Bhabra via Sanver, Ujjain, Badnagar, Badnawar, Rajgarh and Jhabua. Several functions will be held at Bhabra when the yatra reaches there.