Gun Used By Legendary Bhagat Singh Found

The historic .32mm Colt automatic pistol used by Shaheed Bhagat Singh on display at BSF’s Indore museum. - Sakshi Post

Indore: The gun used by freedom fighter Bhagat Singh to assasinate Assistant Police Superintendent John Saunders during the British rule was found accidentally during routine cleaning of weapons.

The historic weapon was on display at BSF’s Central School of Weapons and Tactics (CSWT) museum without any mention of its history. However, during routine cleaning of weapons at the museum, BSF officials made the chance discovery. Custodian of CSWT museum, assistant commandant Vijendra Singh said they were surprised when they removed the black paint on the pistol and matched its serial number (168896) with their records last year. “It was Bhagat Singh’s pistol,” said an elated Singh to the media. The .32mm Colt automatic pistol belongs to Bhagat Singh and it was put on public display for the first time ever at BSF’s Indore museum.

Shaheed Bhagat Singh

Born into a Jat Sikh family in 1907, Bhagat Singh was one of the leading figures in India freedom struggle. He studied European revolutionary movements when he was a teenager and was quite enamoured by Marxist and anarchist ideologies. He came into the limelight after he assassinated John Saunders, who was responsible for the death of Lala Lajpat Rai, another luminary closely involved with the Indian freedom movement. For a long time thereafter, he had successfully eluded British authorities. Subsequently, he along with Batukeshawar Dutt, threw bombs inside the Central legislative Assembly and gave themselves up for arrest.

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