Kanhaiya Kumar, president of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Students’ Union, is likely to visit Hussainiwala in Ferozepur district on March 23 to pay homage to martyrs Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru on their martyrdom day there.
Kanhaiya has been in the headlines ever since he was booked for sedition for alleged anti-India slogans raised by some as-yet-unidentified people on the campus of the premier university in Delhi. A National Martyrs’ Memorial at Hussainiwala marks the location where the three freedom fighters were cremated on March 23, 1931, on the banks of the Sutlej river, after being hanged by the British.
After the Punjab leadership of his party, All India Students’ Federation (AISF), a wing of the Communist Party of India (CPI), made a request to the central leadership, Kanhaiya has “expressed willingness” to visit the place. While Kanhaiya could not be contacted for direct confirmation, the national president of AISF, Syed Vali Ulla Khadri, told HT, “I have talked to him on this and he has expressed his willingness to take part in the event to mark the martyrdom of the freedom fighters.”
But the organisation is concerned about the security of the firebrand student leader in view of recent threats to him.
Khadri said they would seek security for Kanhaiya for the visit from the Punjab government “and if the state government agrees we will lay out the visit plan”.
Leftist student and youth organisations will be holding the event collectively. Activists of the AISF, All India Youth Federation, Students’ Federation of India, Democratic Youth Federation, Shaheed Bhagat Singh Youth Federation, Punjab Students’ Federation, All India Students’ Association and Radical Youth Association, are among these.
Paramjit Singh Dhaban, state president, Sarb Bharat Naujawan Sabha, also said that Kanhaiya “desires to pay homage to martyrs at Hussainiwala so we have invited him. He will address a rally too.”
(Inputs from Gaurav Sagar Bhaskar, Ferozepur)