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Jalandhar: Lahore-based suggest Imtiaz Rashid Qureshi, who has been attempting for some years to turn out that Indian innovative Bhagat Singh used to be wrongly hanged, says he has been dealing with many hurdles in his quest, together with a tricky struggle to get the 1928 FIR lodged towards Singh from the Lahore Police.
Chatting with HuffPost India over the telephone from Lahore on Saturday, the 88th anniversary of the execution of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, Qureshi mentioned he may just get the FIR best after submitting a compliance petition within the Lahore top court docket.
Qureshi, who heads the Bhagat Singh Memorial Basis (BSMF) in Pakistan, had filed a petition within the Lahore top court docket in 2013 for reopening the Saunders homicide case.
The FIR, written in Urdu, used to be registered with the Anarkali Police station on 17 December 1928 at four:30 pm towards two unknown gunmen within the homicide of British police officer John P. Saunders and head constable Chanan Singh.
A police legitimate of the Anarkali Police, who used to be the complainant in addition to witness, mentioned that the person he adopted used to be “5 toes five inch, had Hindu face, small moustache, having slender and powerful frame, dressed in white trouser (Pyjama) and gray blouse(Kurta) and in addition dressed in small black christi-like-hat”.
Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev have been sentenced to loss of life within the Lahore conspiracy case and ordered to be hanged on 24 March 1931. The agenda used to be moved ahead via 11 hours and the 3 have been hanged on 23 March 1931 at 7:30 pm within the Lahore prison.
The FIR written in Urdu, used to be registered with the Anarkali Police station on December 17, 1928 at four:30 pm towards two unknown gunmen.
“I went to get a replica of FIR filed in John Saunders case and the police at Anarkali Police station at Lahore requested me to pay a bribe. I refused and filed a compliance petition with the Lahore Top court docket. It used to be best then DSP rank officer submitted a sealed reproduction of the FIR within the Top court docket. The reproduction used to be so necessary that even the judges additionally requested me for a replica of it,” mentioned Qureshi.
Whilst the case used to be previous heard via a double bench within the Pakistan top court docket, a petition to refer it to a five-judge Charter bench has been pending with the Leader Justice of Pakistan Top court docket since 2016.
Qureshi mentioned Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II must apologise for placing the 3 males.
“We aren’t debating whether or not Bhagat Singh killed Saunders or no longer however the proof at the foundation of which he used to be hanged. The FIR didn’t comprise his identify, over 300 witnesses named within the case weren’t wondered and he used to be hanged at the order of registrar of Lahore Top Court docket,” mentioned Qureshi.
He additional added that for the reason that determination in Bhagat SIngh’s trial used to be given via the Particular 3 Pass judgement on bench constituted in Poonch Area in Lahore, the trial to reopen the case can best be held via a 5 bench.
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He additionally knowledgeable that Pakistan govt has renamed Bhagat Singh’s local village, Banga Chakk quantity 105, as Bhagatpura.
The Pakistan executive has additionally renamed Shadman Chowk as Bhagat Singh Chowk in Lahore as a mark of appreciate to the martyr and an acknowledgement of his function within the battle towards British rule.