March 19, 2013 2:07:47 am
The Department of Posts is coming out with a commemorative stamp on Shivram Hari Rajguru as a philatelic tribute to the freedom fighter,who hailed from Khed taluka in Pune district,around 45 km from here.
The commemorative stamp on Rajguru,the demand for which had been pending with the Centre for the last around six years,will be released by President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi on March 22 to mark the 82nd death anniver-sary of the freedom fighter,it is learnt.
The trio of Rajguru,Bhagat Singh and Sukhdev were hanged on March 23,1931,for the murder of British police officer J P Saunders in Lahore in 1928.
The killing was believed to avenge the death of veteran leader Lala Lajpat Rai,who died due to police atrocities while leading a peaceful protest against the Simon Commission.
Speaking to Newsline on Monday,Rajgurus grandson Satyasheel said the commemorative stamp would give eternity to the supreme sacrifice his grandfather had made.
The Shiv Sena MP from Shirur Lok Sabha constituency,who was following up the demand for commemorative stamp on Rajguru since 2006,said it was a proud feeling for Maharashtra to have a commemorative stamp on a freedom fighter from the state.
Khed,the birthplace of Rajguru,has already been renamed after the freedom fighter as Rajgurunagar.
In 1968,the Department of Posts had issued a commemorative stamp with the deno-mination of 20 paise on Bhagat Singh.
The Department of Posts releases two types of stamps definitive and commemorative with the latter being issued to commemorate important events and prominent personalities from various fields among other themes.
Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar is scheduled to be present at the March 22 function,which will be attended by a large group of people from Khed,including descendants of the freedom fighter.
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