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Poll-campaigning overdrive? Defacement of martyrs’ statues upsets Sukhdev’s kin

In this season of elections, posters of leaders across the city are a common sight. But at Jagraon Bridge, under the statues of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, political banner has been pasted.

punjab Updated: Oct 23, 2016 15:23 IST
Arjun Sharma
A banner near the martyrs’ statues on the Jagraon Bridge in Ludhiana on Saturday.
A banner near the martyrs’ statues on the Jagraon Bridge in Ludhiana on Saturday.(Gurminder Singh/HT)

In this season of elections, posters of leaders across the city are a common sight. But at Jagraon Bridge, under the statues of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, political banner has been pasted.

This has irked the kin of martyrs who believe that the statues of National heroes should be spared during the poll campaigning.

Kin of Sukhdev Thapar here have stepped up the campaign to ensure that no political poster is put near the statue of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar and Rajguru, freedom fighters who were hanged by the British after a controversial trial.

The statue of trio is installed at Jagraon bridge that is a hot spot for political protests.

Ashok Thapar, president of the All India Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar Memorial Trust said that those who lost their lives for India’s freedom are being used for petty politics now. “Strict punishment and heavy fine should be imposed on anyone who is found applying posters near the landmark statue,” said Thapar.

Sukhdev was born in Ludhiana at Naughara Mohalla near Chaura Bazaar. His home was taken over by the state government in 2012 to convert into a museum. All India Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar Memorial Trust that was taking care of the house for the past many years was made the party in renovation process.

Pawan Garg, joint secretary, of the trust said that a letter would soon be sent to the deputy commissioner Ravi Bhagat to ensure that no defacement of walls at the famous statue of martyrs at Jagraon bridge takes place.

“We will urge the deputy commissioner that some arrangement should be made, so that the political parties cannot take undue advantage of the area where the statue is installed,” said Garg.

Most of the areas of the city have been infested with defacement of all political parties with local leaders pasting posters on walls of government and private properties, along with their national leaders.

A poster was also spotted on the wall of the martyr’s statue at Jagraon bridge with the municipal corporation failing to stop or take action against the installment.