DEATH OF LALA LAJPAT RAI , MURDER OF J.P.SAUNDERS
AND BHAGAT SINGH
A notice actually handwritten written by Bhagat Singh but issued under the name of
Balraj was written on the intervening night of 18-19 December,1928 appeared on the
walls of Lahore after the killing of J.P.Saunders, Deputy Suprintendent of Police, Lahore
on 17-12-1928 as a revenge of Lala Lajpat Rai’s death [which is still a topic of research
whether Lala Lajpat Rai died on 17-11-1928 due to lathi’s (large heavy sticks) or due to
heart attack. Sardar Kapur Singh, the first Indian ICS officer too have different views
on this topic].
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By Hindustan Socialist Republic Army.
With the death of J. P. Saunders the assassination of Lala Lajpat Rai has been
avenged. It is a matter of great regret that a respected leader of 300million of people
was attacked by an ordinary police officer like J. P. Saunders and met with his death at
his mean hands. This national insult was a challenge to young men.
Today the world has seen that the people of India are not lifeless; their blood has not
become cold. They can lay down their lives for the country’s honour. The proof of this
has been given by the youth who are ridiculed and insulted by the leaders of their
‘Tyrant Government Beware’
Do not hurt the feelings of the oppressed suffering people of this country. Stop your
devilish ways. Despite all your laws preventing us from keeping arms and despite all
your watchfulness, people of this country will continue to get pistols and revolvers. Even
if these arms are not adequate in numbers for an armed revolution, they would be
sufficient for avenging the insult to the country’s honour. Even if our country’s own
people condemn us and ridicule us and if foreign government subjects us to any amount
of repression, we shall all be ever ready to teach a lesson to foreign tyrants who insult
our national honour. Despite all opposition and repression, we shall carry forward the
call for revolution and even we go to the scaffold for being hanged,we shall continue to
"Long Live Revolution!"
We are sorry to have killed a man. But this man was a part of the cruel, despicable and
unjust system and killing him was a necessity. This man has been killed as an
employee of the British Government. This Government is the most oppressive
government in the world.
"We are sorry for shedding human blood but it becomes necessary to bathe the altar of
Revolution with blood. Our aim is to bring about a revolution which would end all
exploitation of man by man.
"Long Live Revolution"
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( Balraj was the pseudoname of Chandrashekhar Azad )
-dr. navraj singh sandhu