Gogia said: “In fact, the two events will continue to etch the minds of elderly people of the country when 82 years ago hanging of Bhagat Singh on March 23 and the Jallianwala Bagh tagedy on April 13 where General Dyre ordered the killing of peaceful protestors - Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims including women and children and about 1500 people were killed. The government pays only lip sympathy to the pre-Partition icons.”Now, the question is how to evoke the same sentiments among the younger generation, Gogia added.
The first floor once belonged to Gaya Parshad, an associate of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh and on the floor above was the bomb factory. In fact, successive governments have ignored to look into this corner of history. Gajjanand, a barber sitting opposite the house, trimmed the hair of Bhagat Singh for his new get-up to fox the police after he had shot John Saunders, a British police officer, to avenge the killing of Lala Lajpat Rai.
Presently, the dilapidated building continues to be with the trust, and a family holds the upper floor. Two shops on the ground floor are with a trader and another belongs to a financier.
Sometime back, the then deputy commissioner Ferozepur, Kulbir Singh Sidhu had started a campaign to get the historical building in the district due recognition. A team of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and director of National Museum Surinder Pal Singh visited the site and met the trustees, who gave their consent about the transfer of the building to government, if it was to be turned into a national monument. But nothing has changed so far.
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