DELHI’S BELLY – Bhagat Singh comes to Delhi:
“As a prisoner, Bhagat Singh shot off frequent petitions. He sought a transfer to Lahore Central Jail from Mianwali Jail so he could engage a lawyer to fight the Lahore Conspiracy Case and prepare his defence. He said he was a political prisoner who deserved better treatment than an ordinary criminal. He demanded a special diet, no forced labour, toilet necessities and, of course, literature for reading.
The Supreme Court Museum sourced copies of these petitions from a science professor in Ludhiana, who in turn got them from the Lahore court on a trip to Pakistan in the 1980s.
When his father Kishan Singh pleaded that his son was innocent, the imprisoned revolutionary was enraged. “Had any other person done it, I would have considered it nothing short of treachery,” he wrote. “Let me say father you have failed.” He signed it, “Your loving son, Bhagat Singh”.
Sarfaroshi ki Tamanna, an exhibition of Bhagat Singh and the Indian Revolution is on at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library until 31 January 2009″
The Tribune of March 25, 1931, ran a banner on the execution of the three young heroes. It displayed the famous photograph of Bhagat Singh in a hat, taken in a Chandni Chowk studio, New Delhi after he escaped from Lahore with Durga Bhabhi after the killing of Saunders. The headlines on page one read: ‘BHAGAT SINGH, RAJGURU AND SUKHDEV EXECUTED.’ ‘No Last Interview with Relations.’ ‘Shouts Emerge From Jail.’ ‘Dead Bodies Secretly Disposed of’, Removed to Secret Place.’ That issue of The Tribune also reported of Bhagat Singh’s last letter that carried a request to be shot dead. Instead, he was kept 60 minutes on the gallows before being declared dead. Freedom for the nation came 16 years later.
The Tribune, then published from Lahore, a newspaper owned by Dayal Singh Majithia, highlighted Bhagat Singh’s trial.
The front page announcing Bhagat Singh’s execution by the British Raj is linked here.