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The Revolver That Udham Singh Used To Kill General Dyer Is With The British Police

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6:59 pm 1 Aug, 2017

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The revolver used by freedom fighter, Udham Singh, to kill General Dyer is still with the Metropolitan Police of London.

Udham Singh had killed the then-Punjab Governor, General Micheal O’Dyer, with this revolver in London after the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amrtisar. The revolver is still in the custody of London Police and the UK government has refused to hand it over to the Indian government.

Udham Singh wikipedia

 

The UK government had refused the Indian government’s demand and said that the revolver is a part of the evidence. An RTI filed in September 2016 revealed these details. July 31 is observed as the death anniversary of Udham Singh and is a holiday in Punjab and Haryana.

In the RTI, the Ministry of External Affairs has mentioned that the UK government has refused to hand over the revolver, diary, cobbler knife and ammunition. They are being kept by the London police as evidences in the murder of General Dyer.

Udham Singh being taken for trial Wikipedia/Tribune


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While in prison, Singh sat on a hunger strike and had to be fed forcibly. During trial, when the judge asked Singh about the motivation for killing Dyer, Singh replied,

I did it because I had a grudge against him. He deserved it. He was the real culprit. He wanted to crush the spirit of my people, so I have crushed him. For full 21 years, I have been trying to wreak vengeance. I am happy that I have done the job. I am not scared of death. I am dying for my country. I have seen my people starving in India under the British rule. I have protested against this, it was my duty. What a greater honor could be bestowed on me than death for the sake of my motherland?

On March 13, 1940, Udham Singh shot dead Micheal O’Dyer in London following the gruesome massacre at Jallianwala Bagh. On July 31, 1940, the British government hanged Udham Singh for the murder of Dyer at Pentonville Prison. His remains are preserved at Jallianwala Bagh museum.

 

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