BHAGAT SINGH’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATED
DERA BASSI: Patriotic slogans, including inqlaab zindabad, echoed once again in the barracks at Mubarikpur where martyr Bhagat Singh was kept confined for one night about eight decades ago.
Bhagat Singh had spent a night in this barrack while he was being taken to Shimla by the Britishers for a court hearing. While remembering their beloved leader, members of Rotary and Rotaract club paid tributes to him on his 105th birth anniversary on Friday.
They garlanded the portraits of the real-life hero, lit candles and raised patriotic slogans while paying homage to the martyr.
Dera Bassi deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Anil Sharma was also present.
It is worthwhile to mention here that the Mubarikpur police station was situated on the old Ambala-Shimla highway. Before Independence, boats were used to cross the Ghaggar river from Mubarikpur.
While taking along the undertrial Bhagat Singh to Shimla, the English rulers could not reach in time and were compelled to keep him in the barrack of Mubarikpur police station for a night. The martyr was chained like a hardcore criminal.
After the independence, Mubarikpur lost the status of police station, and the police post too was abolished last year.
The barrack now lies with the office of the local DSP. Those who paid tributes on Friday included Rotary president Bhupinder Saini and several club members.