Preservation of Bhagat Singh’s hide-out: HC issues notice to Pb govt
Chandigarh(DP Correspondent) – An application was submitted for seeking revival of a contempt petition, which was disposed off by the High Court on October 17 last year, with direction to the state of Punjab to “make all efforts for preservation of the protected monument in terms of Section 6 of the Punjab Ancient and Historical Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1964”. The application has been filed by advocate H C Arora.It is mentioned that the double-storeyed house in Mohalla Shahganj, Turi Bazar, Ferozepur was the hide out/office of Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh and other revolutionaries in the year 1928-29. The state government has not made any arrangements preserve this monument despite the fact that this place has been declared as a protected monument.The section of the Act mandates the state government to sign an agreement with the owner of the concerned building for purpose of maintenance of the monument. An agreement may provide for maintenance of the monument, or its custody and restriction on owner’s right to use such monument, or to destroy, remove or deface the monument, and may also provide for facility of access to be permitted to the public, or any section thereof, or to maintain the monument.Arora has alleged in his application that despite the lapse of about one year, the Cultural Department of the Punjab government has not executed any such agreement with owner of the aforesaid building, which amounts to further contempt on the part of Principal Secretary, Cultural Department of Punjab government. After hearing the petitioner, Bench of Justice Daya Chaudhary issued notices on Wednesday to the respondents for December 6.
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