PM Modi to visit birthplace of Chandra Shekhar Azad in MP

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New Delhi, Aug 9: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to visit Bhabhra, the birth place of revolutionary leader Chandra Shekahr Azad in Madhya Pradesh today.

He will address a public meeting there and launch "Azadi 70 Saal-Yaad Karo Qurbani', programme at Bhabra.

Narendra Modi

The programme is being held to mark 70 years of Independence and 74 years of Quit India Movement on August 9.

A series of events will be organised across the country under the 15-day long programme launched by the Prime Minister.

PM Modi to birthplace of Chandra Shekhar Azad

Azad sacrificed his life for India's freedom. He was involved in the Kakori Conspiracy (1926), the attempt to blow up the Viceroy's train (1926), the Assembly bomb incident, the Delhi Conspiracy, the shooting of Saunders at Lahore (1928) and the Second Lahore Conspiracy.

August 9, Tuesday, is the anniversary of the launch of the Quit India Movement by the All-India Congress Committee demanding an end to British rule in India after Mahatma Gandhi on August 8, 1942, gave a call to "Do or Die" in his Quit India speech at the Gowalia Tank Maidan in Mumbai.

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The day also commemorates 'Kakori train robbery' carried out on August 9, 1925, by Azad and his associates Ram Prasad Bismil, Ashfaqulla Khan, Rajendra Lahiri, and others, as part of their revolutionary struggle against the colonial regime.

Bhabra is close to Orchha in Tikamgarh district, where Azad reportedly lived incognito in the guise of a Sanyasi (renunciate) for one and a half years.

After taking part in train robbery in Kakori (near Lucknow), whose aim was to loot money belonging to the British government, Azad had fled to Jhansi.

He lived in Jhansi for some time before moving to the forest near Satar river in Orchha. This area now falls in Madhya Pradesh's Tikamgarh district.

Chandra Shekhar Azad, hero for millions of Indians, died on February 27, 1931. To evade arrest by the British police, he fired one bullet in his temple at Allahabd's Alfred Park, which was later renamed after him.

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