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December 2017 Edition of Power Politics is updated.         December 2017 Edition of Power Politics is updated.
Issue:Dec' 2017


Priceless pistol on display

R.C. Ganjoo

Stephen Constantine Sh a h e e d - e - A z am Bhagat Singh's daring deeds have not been forgotten. History has once again remembered him. His pistol that was used in the killing of British police officer J P Saunders in Lahore on Dec 17, 1928, was found after 49 years.

Presently, the pistol is kept in a museum at Hussainiwala, Ferozepore His pistol is now kept in Shaheed – E – Azam Bhagat Singh's museum at Khatker Kalan in Punjab, the birth place of Bhagat Singh. It is under the care of BSF Ferozepur Frontier on the orders of the Punjab & Harayana High Court. The court gave this order on the PIL filed by advocate Hari Chand Arora.

"Shaheedon ke chitaon par lagenge har baras mele, vatan pe maranevaalon ka yaheen baakee nishaan hoga",

from the Left - Harshwardhan Rajguru & Satyasheel Rajguru (nephews of Rajguru) and Kiranjeet Sandhu (nephew of Bhagat Singh) rightly said Krantikari Pt Ram Prasad Bismil. On the 21st of November 2016, the Central School of Weapons and Tactics (CSWT), BSF, exhibited the weapon for public in Indore. Karanjeet Singh, nephew of Bhagat Singh, Satyasheel and Harshvardhan, both nephews of Rajguru, and Ms Kriti Anand, granddaughter of Mani Ram Anand, close associate of Bhagat Singh, came to have a glance of the weapon.

IG BSF Pankaj Today the priceless relic weapon is of a historic significance. It opened an opportunity for historian and research scholars, like Aparna Vaidik and Gurudev Singh Sidhu, to work on this. Harish Jain, a publisher in Chandigarh, who has written several books on Shaheed Bhagat Singh, would be further motivated to write . Similarly, for author and historian Malwinderjit Singh Waraich, it is a boon to his research work on Bhagat Singh.
Interestingly, on the tip of reporter Jupinderjit Singh from The Tribune, Chandigarh, with documentary evidence, IG, Pankaj, CSWT pressed a team headed by Commandant HS Bedi to discover the weapon. "I was too excited as I held the great martyr's pistol in my hand. I have held so many weapons in my long career but none like this one," said IG Pankaj.

.32 calibre colt Pistol made in the USA bearing number 168896 Even, today in Pakistan Bhagat Singh's bravery ballads continue to echo. Advocate Imtiaz Rashid Qureshi has set up the Bhagat Singh Memorial Foundation in Lahore. He says the martyr was an ardent freedom fighter who lit the eternal flame of liberty and went to the gallows for the sake of freedom of the motherland.
He has demanded the Pakistan government to put up a statue of the revolutionary at Shadman Chowk in central Lahore where he was hanged along with Sukhdev and Rajguru.