Minister of state for transport Karan Dev Kamboj has urged the central government to bring back personal belongings of Shaheed Udham Singh from a London-based museum.
In Karnal on Monday to preside over a function to commemorate the 152nd birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, the minister said that a pistol and a diary belonging to the martyr were kept at the Black Museum, a facility of the Scotland Yard police department in London.
On March 13, 1940, Shaheed Udham Singh had fired six shots at Caxton Hall in Westminster, London, killing Michael O’Dwyer, who was the lieutenant governor of Punjab at the time of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on April 13, 1919.
“Udham Singh had sacrificed his life for the nation and I will try to meet the Prime Minister to make sincere efforts to get back the prized belongings to India. We should not forget the supreme sacrifices made by Udham Singh and other freedom fighters,” he told reporters.
Paying floral tributes to Swami Vivekananda, Kamboj said that he was a true social reformer, philosopher and thinker whose teachings were relevant even for the modern world.
On the occasion, he flagged off a 5-km marathon in which students of various schools participated and urged them to pledge to make all-out efforts to integrate youth energy for the progress of India.