TO MARK the 110th birth anniversary of Bhagat Singh, a run against drugs — ‘Daurta Punjab’ — was held in Fazilka, along with a cycle rally in Ferozepur, a state government function at Hussainiwala. Several other events were held across the state to mark the day. Advocate Imitiaz Rashid Qureshi, the chairman of Pak-India Bhagat Singh Memorial Foundation who is also fighting a case to prove Bhagat Singh’s innocence, was in Hussainiwala to pay tributes to the martyr. Quereshi also took part in a peace march in Ferozepur before going to Hussainiwala.
He said that he felt proud about the fact that Pakistan was going to rename Bhagat Singh’s village as Bhagatpur. A government function to mark the day was attended by Deputy Speaker Ajaib Singh Bhatti, who was the chief guest along with MLA Parminder Singh Pinki.
Quereshi arrived at Hussainiwala after the Congress leaders had left the venue. He had been invited by the Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev Memorial Society of Ferozepur. A cycle rally was also taken out in Ferozepur. MLA Pinki announced Rs 1 lakh for the society for the memorial’s upkeep. In Fazilka, a run against drugs was organised with a slogan Daurta Punjab. The move aimed to sensitise youths against ill effects of drugs, told ADGP Sanjeev Karla. Around 3500 persons took part in the run.