Shaheed Diwas, or Martyr’s Day on March 23 2018 is the death anniversary of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajguru. It is an occasion to remember their sacrifice for the country, and to remember that even the most extreme acts of violence contributed to the freedom of the country. The tree revolutionary legends were hanged to death for their actions today, in 1931. Bhagat Singh and his associate, Shivaram Rajguru shot a 21 year old police office, named John Saunders, disbelieving that he was James Scott, a British police superintendent whom they had intended to assassinate. They’d believed that Scott was the reason behind the death of the political leader and freedom fighter, Lala Lajpat Rai, as he had allowed a lathi charge on the crowd that was led by Rai, and which caused him severe injuries.
Rajguru took the first shot, and then Singh drilled eight bullets into Scott, as indicated by the post mortem. Sukhdev was also convicted for conspiring the murder of Saunders, although he had been arrested for different case than Singh, the authorities were able to find connections between their actions.
There has been difference in how the actions of the three revolutionaries are percieved, with some condemning the violence perpetuated by them, and others hailing them as a dynamic voice that influenced a lot of otherIndian freedom fighters. But, everyone agrees that the contribution and sacrifice of these three men will always be remembered by Indian citizens.
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