Explore if Bhagat Singh can be declared martyr: CIC to MHA

New Delhi: The Central Information Commission (CIC) has recommended to the Home Ministry that it should explore whether the status of martyr can be accorded to Bhagat Singh. It has also said that in case it cannot be done, the government must give a detailed explanation for that.

Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu said government facilitates freedom fighters and gives pension but revolutionaries like Bhagat Singh are not even give the status of a martyr leave aside any financial support to their families, reports PTI.

The matter pertained to an RTI applicant who had sought to know from the government whether it gave him the status of Shaheed and if not, what must have been the legal limitations. Bhagat Singh and his revolutionary comrades Rajguru and Sukhdev were hanged by the British on March 23, 1931 in the Lahore Conspiracy case.

The applicant sought information from the Rashtrapati Bhavan which forwarded his request to the Home Ministry which in turn sent it to National Archives for response. Not getting any satisfactory response, the applicant approached the Commission seeking directions for disclosure of information.

“A demand to declare Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev as martyrs is made every year during their birth and death anniversaries. Punjab government had declared Sarabjit Singh as a ‘national martyr’, who died in Kot Lakhpat jail, but Bhagat Singh and others were ignored,” Acharyulu pointed out.

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