Punjab Prisons and Tourism Minister Harjot Singh Bains said on Sunday that the Aam Aadmi Party government is committed to preserving the legacy of freedom fighters and our martyrs, through whose sacrifices we live in a free society.

He said this while attending the state-level ceremony held on the birth anniversary of Shaheed Sukhdev at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan in Ludhiana.

Bains said Shaheed Sukhdev played a major role in India’s struggle for independence.

Born in Ludhiana in 1907, Sukhdev was hanged to death by the British along with Rajguru and Bhagat Singh in 1931 in Lahore. Since childhood, Shaheed Sukhdev had witnessed the brutal atrocities that the British Imperial Raj had inflicted on India, which later led him to join the revolutionaries, swearing to free India from the shackles of British rule. He was a member of the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association (HSRA) and organized revolutionary cells in Punjab and other parts of India.

Paying tribute to Shaheed Sukhdev, Bains said that the Punjab government led by Bhagwant Mann has drawn up programs so that our young generation can be inspired by our great freedom fighters. These functions are organized to promote national integration and instill patriotism in the people. The families of the martyrs are a treasure for the country and we must pay homage to them. Even the ancestral homes of all the martyrs are like religious places and people should visit them to pay their respects. He said the Punjab government will soon put the ancestral homes of all freedom fighters and eminent personalities on the tourist map.

Dr. Manju Malhotra, who gave a brief note on Shaheed Sukhdev, said he was the associate of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and Shaheed Rajguru. She said that it was on March 23, 1931 that the three brave revolutionaries, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru, were hanged. She said Shaheed Sukhdev was only 24 when he became a martyr for his country. However, he will always be remembered for his courage, his patriotism and the sacrifice of his life for the independence of India.

Earlier, the Cabinet Minister paid homage to the martyr by visiting his ancestral home in Mohalla Naughara. He also participated in the havan ceremony organized by the steering committee.

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