Members of the Bhai Hirda Ram Samarak Samiti, schoolchildren and senior citizens of the town observed the 129th birth anniversary of freedom fighter Bhai Hirda Ram here on Thursday.
The ceremony took place at the rooftop of Indira Market, where a statue of the freedom fighter has been established. People garlanded the freedom fighter and observed a two-minute silence for the peace of the departed soul.
Mandi Municipal Council chairperson Sushila Saunkhla, despite agreeing to preside over the function, did not turn for the function.
The members of the samiti said Bhai Hirda Ram joined “Gadar Party” and learnt the technique of bomb making from a famous freedom fighter of the post-Independence era.
Ram was arrested by the British police in 1915 and was sent to the Central Jail, Lahore.
He was one of the accused among 87 other freedom fighters who were arrested by the British police and charged with offence of 'waging a war against the government' and the trial court announced death penalty to Ram which was converted into life imprisonment on the plea of his wife later.
Ram was only 21 at the time of announcement of his death sentence and the then viceroy accepted the plea of Ram's wife, who was a minor at that time, and converted the death sentence to life time imprisonment and he spent his conviction at Andaman and Madras jails.
Members of the samiti said Ram returned to his hometown, Mandi, in 1929. The members of Bhai Hirda Ram Samarak Samiti lamented that the state government never recognised his sacrifice to the nation and never gave him the due respect in his lifetime. Freedom fighter Hirda Ram died on August 21, 1965, in Shimla.