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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.

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