Even as the Punjab government has declared a holiday on November 16 to mark the 100th death anniversary of Kartar Singh Sarabha, his kin are also demanding that the central government award the status of “national martyr” to him.
Sarabha was 19 when he was hanged at the Central Jail of Lahore on November 16, 1915.
Sukhdev Kaur, 55, the granddaughter of Sarabha’s sister Dhan Kaur, said they had for long been demanding from the government to give the status of “national martyr” to Sarabha and other freedom fighters who laid down their lives for the country.
“We have also been demanding from the state government to rename Pakhowal Road as Shaheed Kartar Singh Sarabha Road, as the road leads to Sarabha village. Sarabha’s house in the village also needs renovation. But the government has failed to pay heed to our demands,” she added.
Earlier in August, Sarabha’s kin had observed a black Independence Day as they claimed that the government had been ignoring their demands.