Rahul Gandhi visits prison where Nehru was jailed

September 23rd, 2008 - 6:29 pm ICT by IANS  

Bathinda (Punjab), Sep 23 (IANS) Congress MP Rahul Gandhi Tuesday visited a jail in a Punjab town here where his great-grandfather and the country’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru was imprisoned by the British in 1923. Gandhi bowed before the room where Nehru was imprisoned after the Jaito agitation against British rule. He also saw copies of the police complaints written in Urdu and Punjabi against Nehru.

The Congress general secretary interacted with a freedom fighter at the jail, which has now been converted into a police station.

Earlier, Gandhi met the families of several Congress leaders and activists who have been killed or injured in political violence in Punjab. The family members narrated their woes about the “atrocities” unleashed on them by the Akali Dal government in the state.

“I will get some action initiated after returning to Delhi,” he assured them.

Gandhi was earlier presented with a red turban by party leaders here which he smilingly wore for some time.

He continued with his Punjab road show Tuesday, the second day of his three-day Punjab visit.

He interacted with Congress leaders and common people in Muktsar, Faridkot and Ferozepur districts. He also paid homage to martyrs of the freedom struggle at the Hussainiwala border between India and Pakistan in Ferozepur district.

Gandhi had Monday evening told a group of Punjabi University students at Patiala, 90 km from Chandigarh, that the question of his being India’s future prime minister was “open”.

“The question of my being the PM is open and not closed yet,” Gandhi told a university student.

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