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Monday, 5 October 2020

Private firm to spend Rs 10L on upkeep of martyr’s hideout

Our Correspondent

Ferozepur, October 4

After the poor upkeep of the double-storey building, which served as the hideout of the Krantikari Party led by Shaheed Bhagat Singh, was highlighted in these columns, the Sonalika Group, which runs International Tractors Limited, has taken up the responsibility to maintain the structure.

Talking to The Tribune, AS Mittal, vice-chairman, Sonalika Group, said initially they would spend Rs 10 lakh on the facelift of the memorial, and subsequently more funds would be provided as per requirement.

Mittal, who is also the vice-chairman of the Punjab State Planning Board, said it was a tribute to the great martyr who lit the eternal flame of liberty for the freedom of the country.

Several other NGOs have expressed interest to provide funds for the development of the place, where revolutionaries, including Bhagat Singh and his comrades, used to chalk out strategies to fight the British.

The hideout was declared a protected monument on December 17, 2015, under the Punjab Ancient and Historical Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1964, after a prolonged battle by locals followed by a writ petition in the High Court by advocate HC Arora.

Still no steps were taken to preserve the building.



from The Tribune https://ift.tt/36wIn4F

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