Shaheed Diwas: Nation remembers Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev on death anniversary

Mar 23, 2023 07:20 AM IST

Shaheed Diwas: The martyrdom day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru is annually observed on March 23, the day on which in 1931, the three were hanged in the Lahore conspiracy case.

‘Shaheed Diwas’ is commemorated every year on March 23 to remember the unparalleled sacrifice made by the revolutionary leaders Bhagat Singh, Shivaram Hari Rajguru and Sukhdev Thapar who were hanged at the Lahore Central Jail in Lahore in 1931 today.

Shaheed Diwas: Children paying their respects to Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru on their death anniversary in Chandigarh.
Shaheed Diwas: Children paying their respects to Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru on their death anniversary in Chandigarh.

To remember their unmatched heroism, several events are organised across India in a bid to pay tribute to the iconic freedom fighters. Several leaders on the occasion tweeted Thursday to pay their tributes on martyrdom day of the iconic heroes. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union minister Nitin Gadkari, Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla, Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya were among the leaders who paid their respects.

The official Twitter handle of ‘Amit Mahotsav’ – the initiative to mark 75 years of independence – also shared a video on ‘shaheed special series’ featuring the inspiring stories of the freedom fighters. Hashtags of ‘Bhagat Singh’, ‘Sukhdev’, 'Rajguru' as well as 'Shaheed Diwas' also trended on Twitter since early morning as people across the nation poured their tributes.

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Remembering the contributions of Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru:

Among the three, Bhagat Singh is remembered as a charismatic freedom fighter. He joined the independence movement at an early age and was only 23, when he was executed by the British.

In December 28, Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru plotted to kill superintendent of police James Scott in Lahore in a bid to avenge the death of the nationalist leader Lala Lajpat Rai. However, they mistakenly shot John Saunders, following which Singh fled to Calcutta to avoid arrest.

He was arrested after his another attempt at uprooting the British authority when he along with Batukeshwar Dutt hurled bombs in Delhi’s Central Assembly Hall, and raised the slogan of “Inquilab Zindabad!” On March 23,1931, the three folk heroes of the independence movement, Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev were hanged to death.

Among other events, on account of their martyrdom day, Chandigarh has announced a holiday today.

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