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Pakistani lawyer trying to prove Bhagat Singh's 'innocence' in Saunders murder

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

Eighty-eight years after freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru were hanged in the conspiracy case at on March 23, 1931, efforts are on across the border to prove that the martyrs did not get a fair trial.

The police last week submitted in a trial court the first information report (FIR) registered in the murder of (also known as the Lahore conspiracy case) claiming that the case was registered against "unidentified" persons.

The court handed over a copy of the FIR to Lahore-based and petitioner Imtiaz Qureshi, who is the of the Memorial Foundation, had filed a petition in the court seeking an attested copy of the FIR registered in the case.

Qureshi has also moved the seeking reopening of the Saunders' murder case to prove that was "innocent".

He said it was on the court's order that the searched through the records of the and managed to find the FIR in the Saunders' murder case.

"Written in Urdu, the FIR was registered at 4.30 p.m. on December 17, 1928, against two unknown gunmen. The names of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru are nowhere in the FIR," said Qureshi.

According to Qureshi, an of the was the complainant. In the FIR, the complainant-cum-eyewitness said the man he followed was "5 ft 5 inch, had a Hindu face, a small moustache, a slim and strong body, and was wearing a white trouser (pyjama), grey shirt (kurta) and a small black Christi-like hat".

Qureshi said special judges of the Tribunal handling Bhagat Singh's case awarded him the death sentence without hearing the 450 witnesses in the case. "The martyr's lawyers were not even given the opportunity to cross-question them. Therefore, I want to establish Bhagat Singh's innocence in the Saunders case," he added.

According to in Pakistan, Qureshi is hopeful that if the court in sets aside the verdict against Bhagat Singh, the could be pressured to tender an apology for the "sham trial".

earlier filed a petition in the to rename Lahore's Shadman Chowk -- the spot which was once a part of where the trio were hanged by the British -- as 'Shaheed Chowk'. The court in September last year directed the Lahore district administration to decide on the renaming of the roundabout.



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First Published: Tue, June 11 2019. 20:00 IST