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Sukhdev – Freedom Fighter of India

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Born on the 15th of May in the year 1907 in the Indian state of Punjab, Sukhdev Thapar, or Sukhdev, as he was simply and commonly known, was a significant revolutionary in the Indian freedom movement and was also a prominent member of the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association—the restructured version of the Hindustan Republican Association.

He played a vital role in organizing a number of revolutionary activities and cells in the northern state of Punjab, along with many other nearby states. He set up the foundation stone and established the Naujawan Bharat Sabha, a community for the youth that focused on guiding and training the youngsters and preparing them for freedom struggles, organizing campaigns, and in a nutshell, striving for independence.

He was also a teacher at the National College of Lahore, in Pakistan and always voiced against the acts of communalism. He was a trusted accomplice of famous freedom fighter Shaheed Bhagat Singh and played a key role in the Lahore Conspiracy Case of 1928, wherein J.P. Saunders, the Deputy Superintendent of Police was assassinated as a reply to the violent death of prominent leader Lala Lajpat Rai after his protest against the Simon Commission.

He was hanged on the 23rd of March in the year 1931.

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