Local Sahara Club organised function in old Faridkot jail where former president Giani Zail Singh spent five years from 1938 to 1943 while fighting against the despotic rule of princely state of Faridkot, on his 97th birth anniversary.
Club chairman Parveen Kala, district Congress chief Surinder Gupta, former minister Avtar Singh Brar, All India Bharat Vikas Parishad president Sewa Singh Chawla, Beopar Mandal chairman Bimal Gupta and administrative officers of Baba Farid University were among those who paid rich tributes to Giani Zail Singh who played a vital role in freedom struggle and also served the country from the highest post of the country rising from worker.
Floral tributes were paid to Gianiji at his portrait keeping in view that very prison cell where Gianiji spent five years.
The Rajya Sabha chairman being the chancellor of the universities directed Baba Farid University not to dismantle the cell of Faridkot jail where Giani Zail Singh was detained for five years and all the articles including attachakki, mala, dattan should be maintained. This was informed by University vice chancellor SS Gill at the function organised in jail.
The Faridkot old jail was transferred to Baba Farid University of Health Sciences.
In the meantime, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, keeping in view the sentiments of Faridkot people, directed the jail authorities of the state and heritage department to maintain and preserve the jail cell by developing it suitably by the heritage department.
A large number of people from Faridkot and native of Gianiji's village Sandhwan, near Kotkapurr, thronged the birthplace of Gianiji and paid tributes at statue of Giani Zail Singh.
A similar function was organised at Kotkapura by the District Congress Committee to pay homage to the former president.