Shaheed Udham Singh martyrdom day: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday announced to set up a memorial to honour unsung heroes, who were lodged at the Cellular Jail, Andaman, and sacrificed their lives during the national freedom struggle.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, who was in Sunam, said the memorial would be dedicated to the "sons of soil", who had undergone rigorous punishment.
In his address after dedicating Shaheed Udham Singh Memorial to the public during a state-level function here, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said a lot of research had already been undertaken by eminent historians and scholars to identify such patriots and freedom fighters, especially from Punjab, who had made enormous contribution to the country’s independence movement.
Recalling his visit to the Cellular Jail, Andaman, post the Tsunami during his last tenure, Captain Amarinder Singh said he was astonished at the fact that he didn’t know even a single name etched on the walls there.
He said these martyrs had died unknown in "kalepani", leaving behind no memories. “It is now our duty to give due respect and recognition to their sacrifices made for motherland”, said Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh.
Earlier, paying floral tributes to the great revolutionary on his 82nd martyrdom day, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said the supreme sacrifice made by the martyr would inspire their younger generations to imbibe the spirit of nationalism and patriotism. He appealed to the local leadership to ensure proper upkeep of this memorial.
On the occasion, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh also interacted with the lineal descendants of Shaheed Udham Singh namely Jeet Singh, Gian Singh, Ranjit Kaur, Jeet Singh, Bachan Singh, Mohan Singh, Shyam Singh, Gurmeet Singh and Malkit Singh from Sunam. He honoured them with shawls as a token of respect.