#Today in #history #23March -1931
#BhagatSingh , #ShivramRajguru and #Sukhdev , great #freedomfighters and #revolutionaries , were hanged for assasination of Saunders, Assistant Superintendent of Police in the Central #Jail at #Lahore . Bhagat Singh and his associates showed no signs of any fear as they kissed the noose, chanting "#InquilabZindabad " (long live the revolution).
Bhagat Singh along with Rajguru and Sukhdev were sentenced to death in the Lahore #conspiracy case. Their sentence was ordered to be on 24th Mar 1931 hanging till death in Lahore Jail. Bhagat Singh’s trial has been described by the #SupremeCourt as “contrary to the fundamental doctrine of criminal #jurisprudence ” because there was no opportunity for the accused to defend themselves. The Special Tribunal which announced #judgment on Bhagat singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev was introduced by the Viceroy but this Tribunal was never approved by the Central Assembly or The #BritishParliament . As the decision of Special tribunal could only be be appealed to the Privy Council located in Britain hence Judgement was passed Ex-Parte (i.e. decision passed by Judge without requiring all of the parties to the controversy to be present). Prannath Mehta, was a close friend of Bhagat Singh who visited him in the jail on 20 March, four days before his execution, with a draft letter for clemency, but he declined to sign it. The hanging was preponed by 11 hours and all three were hanged to death on 23 March 1931 at 7:30 pm in LahoreJail. #SubhashChandraBose said that “Bhagat Singh has turned out be a symbol of new awakening among the youths.” #Nehru acknowledged that Bhagat Singh’s popularity was leading to a new national awakening, “Bhagat Singh was a clean fighter who faced his enemy in the open field, he was like a spark that became a flame in a short time and spread from one end of the country to the other dispelling the prevailing darkness everywhere”. Four years after Singh’s hanging, the Director of the Intelligence Bureau, Sir Horace Williamson, wrote: “His #photograph was on sale in every city and township and for a time rivaled in popularity even that of Mr. #Gandhi himself”. - 5 minutes ago