‘Brave sons of Delhi' remembered

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The martyrs of the famous Hardinge bomb case – Amir Chand, Bhai Bal Mukund, Awadh Behari and Basant Kumar Biswas – were remembered on Saturday at a function organised on the Maulana Azad Medical College campus where the Old Delhi Jail used to be located earlier. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit paid floral tributes to “the brave sons of Delhi” and exhorted the people to imbibe the spirit of patriotism from the sacrifices made by the martyrs of the Hardinge bomb case.

Amir Chand, Bhai Bal Mukund and Awadh Behari were executed on May 8, 1915, in the Old Delhi Jail, while Basant Kumar Biswas was executed the following day in Ambala Central Jail.

In memory of these martyrs a modest memorial has been built at the site of ‘Phansi Ghar' at Old Delhi Jail.

These martyrs displayed their courage and commitment towards patriotism by protesting the entry of the Governor-General of India into Delhi on December 23, 1912. These freedom fighters had attacked the imperial procession by throwing a bomb in Chandni Chowk injuring Lord Hardinge.

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