On the death anniversary of Bhagat Singh, a man who had met the freedom fighter as a young student said that this was not the freedom the martyr had envisioned. Naseem Mirza Changezi, who is 106 now, had met Bhagat Singh in 1929, while the latter was living in Delhi’s Jama Masjid area.
Changezi was felicitated by the Delhi Legislative Assembly Wednesday, after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal unveiled the busts of martyrs Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev in the assembly premises on the occasion of ‘Shaheedi Diwas (Martyrs’ Day)’.
Addressing the audience in the assembly complex, Changezi said, “This is not the freedom Bhagat Singh would have wanted. He wanted all religions and sects to live together in unity”. In a pre-recorded message, Changezi recounted how he had met the young man with ‘shahadat ka junoon (passion for martyrdom).
One day, said Changezi, his neighbour Dayaram had asked him to supply food to Singh, who was living in a neighbouring lane.
“He would usually have breakfast and leave. He would wrap a cloth around his face… so that police did not recognise him,” said Changezi.
At that time, Singh was trying to work out a plan to bomb the central legislative assembly, he said. “He said everyday, he would go to the assembly house to find a way to enter the building. He said he had made all the arrangements. He was going to bomb the building…,” said Changezi.
He recalled how the struggle for freedom had gained momentum. “We were all fighting for freedom but he (Singh) was ready to be a martyr in a fraction of a second,” said Changezi.