Haryana martyrs be included in 1857 saga: Hooda

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Chandigarh, Sept 11 (UNI) Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda today said the unsung stories of the heroes of Haryana should be incorporated in the saga of the First War of Independence in 1857 so that the youth of the state could draw inspiration.

''A number of freedom fighters, martyrs and patriots had waged a war against British Empire and faced ordeals during the freedom struggle and the people of state had exhibited indomitable courage and valour while opposing the tyranny of British Empire,'' Mr Hooda said while presiding over the second meeting of the State Level Committee to celebrate 150th Anniversary of the First War of Independence.

The Chief Minister said the names of Libaspur, Rohnat, Hansi, Naseebpur, Roopraka and Singhani villages be incorporated in the documentary film which was being prepared by the Haryana department of Public Relations and Cultural Affairs on the India's first indpendence war.

He said that Libaspur and Rohnat villages had already been announced model villages by the Haryana Government. Besides, a memorial was also being constructed at village Roopraka in Mewat district at a cost of Rs 20 lakh.

The Haryana government has sanctioned a sum of Rs 2.67 crore for the extension of Museum 'Dharohar' at Kurukshetra University for exhibiting the archaeological material relating to Ist War of India's Independence.

A memorial would also be set up on 10 acres of land at Ambala Cantt in Netaji Subhash Chander Park to commemorate the sacrifices made by our martyrs and freedom fighters for the sake of our National freedom.

The Chief Minister said that freedom fighters and martyrs had made supreme sacrifices for the sake of the country and the first war of Independence broke out at Ambala City and after nine hours it had reached to Meerut.

He said that the peole of the state had contributed a lot during the freedom struggle of India. Ch Udami Ram and a number of martyrs and freedom fighters had faced the wrath of the British empire but never accepted to bow before them.

UNI

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