Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s birthplace in Pakistan gets face lift

Lyallpur: After being declared a heritage site two years ago, Shaheed Bhagat Singh’s house at Chak No 105 GB (now Bangay village) in Lyallpur, Pakistan has been thrown open to the public after its preservation on his martyrdom day. Activists of Lyallpur are organizing Sardar Bhagat Singh Mela in the village on March 23 to mark the day. The house was earlier being owned by an advocate, whose ancestors have preserved some of the martyr’s belongings all these decades. The belongings included a spinning wheel used by Bhagat Singh’s mother, a copper kneading tray, two wooden trunks and a closet of steel.

However, the belongings were later acquired by the district administration. “The people of Faisalabad take pride in the fact that Bhagat Singh was the son of their soil. They want the place to be known by his name,” then Faisalabad district coordination officer Noorul Amin Mengal had said when the restoration work had started. Bhagat Singh was born on September 28, 1907, at Bangay village, 150 km from Lahore and 35 km from Nankana Sahib, the birthplace of Guru Nanak.

News24 Bureau