New Delhi: The British rulers in India were afraid of the rising popularity of revolutionary leader Bhagat Singh and his ways of exploiting the government machinery, the courts and newspapers for propagating his ideology.
The execution of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev marked the execution of a conspiracy code-named “Operation Trojan Horse”, which, in effect, facilitated the pacification of the British officers in general and the prospective in-laws of the late J P Saunders in particular.
And when on 8th March 1931, Bhagat Singh gave his consent to Bejoy Kumar Sinha to file a mercy petition to the crown on his behalf after a prolong discussion between two friends, the same racial group of some English officers felt that their ambitions could not be fulfilled.
So they made a secret plan according to which they send a team of some officers to Delhi and put up the pressure on Lord Irwin and thus getting his silent consent to carry on their plan named “Trojan Horse”.
So, on 23rd March, 1931, the “Trojan Horse” plan was fully implemented and after a fake drama of execution the three young men were brought unconscious to a secret place in the Lahore Cantonment where they were shot dead by “the death squad”.
To conceal the whole episode, the authorities had made arrangement for cremation at some secret place on the right bank of the Beas and the Sutlej convergence.
On the other hand to divert the public attention, the authorities had made arrangement for another pyre at Hussainiwala.
They were also afraid of postmortem which would reveal the presence of bullets in the dead bodies and the same was the case with the ashes. By doing so, the Englishmen had fulfilled two jobs.
One, to pacify the anger of the relatives of Saunders and on other hand they hoped to befool Indians who would pay tributes at the wrong place and would worship the wrong bodies remains.
This was the aim of ‘Operation Trojan Horse'- to deny a proper and glorious accolade from the people.
The British were able to deny a glorious farewell by the people. All these facts are presented in a new book by Chaman Ahuja.
The book titled Some Hidden Facts: Martyrdom of Shaheed Bhagat Singh carries the subtitle “Secrets unfurled by an Intelligence Bureau Agent of British-India” is worth reading.