Bhagat Singh's kin urge memorial to freedom fighters

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New Delhi, Apr 15 (UNI) Jagmohan Singh, President of campaign for third freedom struggle and the nephew of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, today said a Jan Sansad urging a memorial to millions of unsung freedom fighters would be held in New Delhi on May 31.

Speaking at a function organised on the premises of JNU, he claimed support of more than 1000 eminent citizens, including professors and the kin of the martyrs.

Mr Singh said the fast-deteriorating political culture in the country was best illustrated in the absence of a memorial to the millions of people who laid their lives during the freedom struggle.

''It makes us more and more vulnerable to slavery,'' he rued.

National executive member of the body Gopal Rai said, ''The Jan Sansad on May 31 will march down to historic Delhi Gate and lay a foundation for the memorial unless the government takes a favourabe decision.'' Regretting not having a memorial to freedom struggle heroes, Mr Rai said: ''Instead, we have an 'India Gate' in memory of the servants of the British.'' He expressed disappointment over the nation celebrating January 26 every year. ''Nothing can ever be more shameful for a proud nation than to bow to the imperialist designs.'' Prominent among the speakers from across the country included Shah Md Shuaib Khan, the kin of last Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah Zafar.

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