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Punjab Students Union demands preservation of Bhagat Singh's hide-out place at Ferozepur
On martyrs' day celebrations at Hussainiwala to commemorate the 87th martyrdom day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, the Punjab Students Union demanded to convert the hide-out place of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and his associates in Toori Bazar, into a museum and library.

Raminder Singh, State President, Naujawan Bharti Sabha said, "After 83 years of sacrifice of martyrs, historian Rakesh Kumar has located their hide-out place at Toori Bazar in Ferozepur town but the government has so far not been able to maintain the building as a heritage of the revolutionary movement."

On this occasion, Rakesh Kumar said, "A lot of events are attached with the revolutionary movement with this hide-out place where the plan was made to take revenge of the killing of Lala Lajpat Rai besides making trials of firing with air pistols. On the ground floor, Gaya Prasad Katiyar opened a 'dawakhana' (pharmacy) where they used to collect the material to assemble bombs. Not only this, this is the place where Bhagat Singh cut off his hair and beard and a number of biographies of martyrs have been written at this place by Shiv Sharma."

Dr Jagmohan, cousin of Shaheed Bhagat Singh said, "The government is keeping the people away from the history of the revolutionary movement. Neither there is any specific research in our universities on this issue nor such places are given the heritage status, and this hide-out place at the border town is in a state of neglect, except the ritual celebrations once in a year still struggling to get the attention it deserves."

It may be added here that the previous SAD-BJP government had granted crores of rupees on various war memorials in the state but the historical place at Hussainiwala did not get the attention of the government, the foundation stone of which was laid in 1965 by the then Union Minister YB Chavan but the work could not start due to Indo-Pak war in the same year. Later, the memorial was dedicated to the nation in 1968 by then Chief Minister Lachhan Singh Gill who got it completed within a short span of 37 days at a cost of Rs 1.84 lakh.

Since then, `shaheedi melas' are held on March 23 to mark the martyrdom day. Political leaders make tall promises to develop this memorial but nothing has happened over the years, except for the landscaping of the sprawling lawns. Several projects such as a museum, craft village and a light and sound show facility are hanging fire.

Kranti Kumar Katiyar, son of Gaya Prasad, a revolutionary said, "After exerting for a long time, the government declared it as a secured building with no follow up at any stage. In case this place is converted into a museum and library, it could become a source of inspiration for the coming generations."

Rajinder Singh, State President, PSU said, "The Indians are middleman of imperialism who are selling water, forest and land to multinational companies, which Bhagat Singh had condemned. Our farmer is a victim of this adversity and the future of our youth is in dark. In such circumstances, the ideology of Bhagat Singh could become a source of inspiration to fight against those middlemen. But the efforts are being made to eliminate the existence of encouraging legacy."

Aseem Rathore, a family member of Mahavir Singh, an associate of Bhagat Singh said, "We feel proud to be a part of this historical struggle. We will continue to fight till the time this hide-out place is not converted into a museum and library."

On this occasion, the message of Bharti Bagchi, daughter of BK Dutt, was also read out supporting the initiative of PSU.

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