Friday, 11 January 2008

Bhagat Singh Controversy-Chaman Lal

This is in reference to reports/features/articles published in some English& Hindi dailies about Martyr Bhagat Singh, which implied or explicitly stated that martyrs were taken away from the gallows before being fully dead and shot dead by the orders of jail authorities at that time. Though this story put forward by an unknown author Kooner, had been rebutted by all those concerned and related to Bhagat Singh or his tradition like- Jagmohan Singh ,nephew of Bhagat Singh, Malwinderjit Singh Waraich,An Advocate and historian of revolutionary freedom movements, Kuldip Nayar,biographer of martyr and myself, as editor of martyr’s complete documents in Hindi, yet I was in search of an authentic document, so that this kind of sensationalism to hog media limelight is not repeated again. I have found this document in the book edited by Sh. Shiv Verma, close associate of Bhagat Singh and a life convict in the same Lahore Conspiracy Case in which Bhagat Singh was hanged. Shiv Verma was also co-prisoner of Bhagat Singh in jail and he has included in his book both the Execution warrant issued by the special tribunal on 7th October 1930,as well as the certificate issued by the Superintendent of the Jail on26th March 1931, which reads as followed by:

“ I hereby certify that the sentence of death passed on Bhagat Singh(name of the martyr is handwritten in otherwise typed certificate) has been duly executed, and that the said Bhagat Singh(again handwritten) was accordingly hanged by the neck till he was dead, at Lahore C. Jail(handwritten) on Monday(handwritten) the 23rd(handwritten) day of march(handwritten 1931 at 7.p.m.(inserted handwritten) that the body remained suspended for a full hour, and was not taken down until life was ascertained by a medical officer to be extinct, error or other misadventure occurred.


Superintendent of the Jail

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