‘Why can’t we reopen Bhagat Singh case?’: Sukhdev’s kin to move SC
After Lahore-based Bhagat Singh Memorial Foundation filed a petition in the Lahore high court seeking re-opening of the execution case of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, Vishal Nayyar, maternal grandson of Sukhdev, too, has come forward seeking reopening of the case by the central and Punjab governments in India as well.
Nayyar, president of Amar Shaheed Sukhdev Welfare Society, while addressing a press conference here on Saturday, said, “Millions of countrymen revere Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev as their heroes; and Pakistan is concerned for the great freedom fighters, while our country is not.”
“I will go to Supreme Court and will urge to reopen the case”, said Nayyar.
Notably, last year, chairman of the Pak-based Bhagat Singh Memorial Foundation, Imtiaz Rashid Qureshi, had met the extended family of Bhagat Singh to gather more information on him.
Nayyar also condemned the fact that the trio till date had not been formally declared martyrs. “We are living in this country and are independent just because of the sacrifices of these freedom fighters. Is this what they get in return?” he said.
Sukhdev (1907-1931) was convicted and hanged in the Lahore Conspiracy Case in which his accomplices Bhagat Singh and Rajguru too were also executed for leading to the assassination of British Raj police officer JP Saunders in 1928, reportedly in response to the death of Lala Lajpat Rai. They were hanged on March 23, 1931, and secretly cremated by the river Sutlej.