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Martyr's house cries for attention

punjab Updated: May 15, 2012 17:47 IST
Arjun Sharma
Arjun Sharma
Hindustan Times
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After crossing a web of congested lanes, one reaches the ancestral house of Sukhdev Thapar in the Naughara Mohalla of Ludhiana. The old building still stands tall. However, despite being surrounded by the busiest lanes of the city, the martyr's house does not attract many visitors.

The reason according to the descendants of the martyr is the state government's lackadaisical attitude towards the sacrifices of the martyr, who was executed on March 23, 1931 by the British authorities in Lahore.

With Sukhdev's birth anniversary just round the corner, his descendants have been reminded of the government's indifferent stance.

The invitation cards printed by the state government for celebrating his birth anniversary on Tuesday do not bear the name of Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar Memorial Trust that had been taking care of the ancestral house till it was sealed by the state government.

This has irked not only the trust members but also the city residents.

Trust president Ashok Thapar said, "The state government decided to take over the property and convert it into a museum on January 14. The property was sealed on January 17. The house is lying sealed for the past four months without any maintenance."

He said the government neither converted the house into a museum nor did they allow them to perform a 'havan' inside the house on March 23, the death anniversary of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev.

Ashok said instead of organising the function to mark Sukhdev's birth anniversary at his ancestral house, it was being organised at a government school named after him.

Tribhuvan Thapar, another member of the trust, said there was no support from the state government for highlighting the martyr's sacrifices for the country.

"Before the house was sealed, we used to give children a tour of the house. This was done in an attempt to spread awareness about the martyr and his house, which many residents are not even aware of," he said.

The residents of Naughara Mohalla earlier were infuriated on March 23 when the doors of the ancestral house were not opened for them to perform a 'havan' that was an annual feature till last year.

The All India Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar Memorial Trust renovated the house in 2007.

The trust has appealed to the state government to open the house as soon as possible and allow them to take care of the property.