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Bhagat Singh: Few Facts About Legendary Freedom Fighter

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Today is the 108th birth anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, a revolutionary freedom fighter, who had left a legacy during Indian Independence movement. Bhagat Singh died at an age of 23, prompted youth in India to persist fight for independence. To commemorate the day CareerIndia provides you few facts about Bhagat Singh and his contribution to the Indian Independence.

  • Bhagat Singh (28 September 1907 - 23 March 1931), an Indian socialist was born in a Sikh family in September 1907 in Banga village, Jaranwala Tehsil in the Lyallpur district of the Punjab Province of British India.
  • Influenced by European revolutionary movements at an a early age Singh involved in various revolutionary activities to fight against the British Raj.
  • In 1923, Singh joined the National College in Lahore, which was started by Lala Lajpat Rai, where he also participated in extra-curricular activities like the dramatics society. 
  • He was the chief leader of Hindustan Republican Association (HRA), which was later named as Hindustan Socialist Republican Association (HSRA). 
Bhagat Singh:Facts About Legendary Freedom Fighter
  • Seeking revenge for the death of Lala Lajpat Rai, Singh murdered John Saunders, a British police officer
  • To avoid his identity from getting arrested he cut his hair and shaved his beard and escaped from Lahore.
  • Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt made a plot to bomb the Central Legislative Assembly. He and an accomplice threw two bombs and pamphlets inside the Central Legislative Assembly and shouted slogans "Inquilab Zindabad!" 
  • After the bombarding, Singh was held on this charge in prison. He underwent a 116 day fast in jail demanding equal political rights for both British and Indian political prisoners. 
  • Singh wanted to die so that his death would inspire the youth of India which in turn will unite them to fight the British Empire.
  • While in prison, Singh and two others had written a letter to Lord Irwin, wherein they asked to be treated as prisoners of war and consequently to be executed by firing squad and not by hanging. 
  • Singh with his comrades Rajguru and Sukhdev were sentenced to death in the Lahore conspiracy case and ordered to be hanged on 24 March 1931. The schedule was moved forward by 11 hours and the three were hanged on 23 March 1931 at 7:30 pm in Lahore jail.

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