LG, others pay tributes to martyrs’ of Indian Independence League

Port Blair
30 Jan 2017
A solemn function was held at the Balidan Vedi - the State Martyrs’ Memorial at Homfraygunj on the occasion of  73rd martyrdom anniversary of 44 Martyrs of Indian Independence League (Andaman Branch), who were shot dead and buried by the Japanese forces on January 30, 1944 for charges of espionage. 
The Lt. Governor, A&N Islands, Prof. Jagdish Mukhi  placed a wreath and offered floral tributes at the Memorial, followed by floral tributes by Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, Mr Anindo Majumdar, Director General of Police, Mr Rajesh Malik, senior officers of Administration, grandchildren and family members of the martyrs, prominent senior citizens from the city and Humfraygunj area and public representatives.
A two-minute silence was observed by the gatherings as a mark of respect to Mahatma Gandhi and the departed souls, who laid their lives for the freedom of our motherland.
The chief guest also gave away the Martyrs Memorial Awards to the students of Govt. Middle School, Homfreygunj in honour of Martyrs Pokhar Singh Chawla, Prem Shanker Pandey, Raj Ratan Das and Malkhan Singh, to the Headmistress of Govt. Middle School, Humfreygunj, who received it on behalf of the students. The awards were sponsored by the families of the martyrs.
Earlier, welcoming the gathering, the member, Humfreygunj Martyrs’ Memorial Committee, Port Blair, Mr V.R. Murthy briefed about the significance of the day, which also coincides with the death anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. An all-religion mass prayer and Ramdhun presented by the students of Govt. Middle School, Humfreygunj formed part of the solemn function. The Lt. Governor also visited the Humphreygunj Museum to inspect the work in progress.