Bhagat Singh’s followers campaign to save his alma mater in Lahore

February 1st, 2010 - 6:23 pm ICT by ANI  

Lahore, Feb 1(ANI): Bradlaugh Hall, where one of India’s most influential revolutionaries, Bhagat Singh, once studied is the focus of a campaign to not only rescue it from disrepair, but to rename it and other landmarks in Lahore after him.

Named after the social reformer and radical member of British parliament Charles Bradlaugh, the college was built in 1900, to provide secondary higher education to students from all walks of life.

According to the residents of Rattigan Road, shortly after 1947 Bradlaugh Hall was used to store foodstuffs and later found life as a steel mill up until the 1980s, and today it has become a sanctuary for criminal behaviour, with drug addicts and others entering through ’secret entrances’.

It has forced the followers of Bhagat Singh to campaign in a bid to restore Bradlaugh Hall to its original pre-1947 state, and to turn it into a functioning school with a small museum dedicated to the independence movement, with a focus on the revolutionary, The Daily Times reports.

Known as a revolutionary Bhagat Singh was hanged in Lahore with his fellow comrades Rajguru and Sukhdev on March 23, 1931.

The followers have also petitioned to have the school renamed after him, just as they want Shadman Square, the place where he was hanged, to be a memorial renamed after him.

They have petitioned previous and current chief Punjab Ministers, the district government of Lahore and the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) to allow for the restoration to take place, but have not as yet received any positive response from the authorities. (ANI)

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