Kavi sammelan to remember 1857 movement martyrs
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Last Updated: Sunday, May 02, 2010, 17:56
Noida: A rendezvous of popular Hindi and Urdu poets was organised here to commemorate the martyrdom of freedom fighters hailing from the present national capital region during the 1857 movement.

The 'kavi sammelan' which had patriotic recitals and proses from historic verses, was held at the Ramlila ground last night here and was attended by the young and old from the villages and cities around Delhi.

"A freedom struggle was launched by the freedom fighters from Meerut, Bulandshahar, Ghaziabad and the adjoining areas of the present national capital area on May 10, 1857. They took control of the area around the Hindon river on May 30. Since then, this struggle is called the May mutiny," organiser of the event and President of Shaheed Smriti Sansthan Rao Sanjay Bhati said.

The 'kavi sammelan' was attended by popular poets like Ashok Chakradhar, Nawaz Deobandi, Sarita Sharma, Masoom Ghaziabadi, TV show Laughter Challenge icon Pratap Fauzdar, among others.

"The initiative is to bring back the glory and keep alive the memories of all those who were either hanged or brutally tortured by the Britishers during the 1857 independence struggle. Almost 35 such freedom strugglers were hanged by the Britishers at Bulandshahar when they caught them," Bhati said.

A number of villagers and common people also took part in the struggle and were either hanged by the Britishers or were simply killed in cold blood, he said.

A British officer in his report had said that they faced major reverses in the Dadri area during the struggle.

"The event reminds us of the sacrifices these people made so that we can see an independent India," he said.


First Published: Sunday, May 02, 2010, 17:56

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