Panjpulla Memorial

The memorial to Sardar Ajit Singh at Panjpulla in Jiunta panchayat in the suburbs of Dalhousie hill station is in dire need of maintenance. The pond built along the structure of memorial is full of rubbish, silt and filthy water. It has become an eyesore.
Since the precincts of the memorial are in disarray, the authorities concerned appear to have done very little to beautify the spot and its environs. A Samadhi at Panjpulla stands in memory of Sardar Ajit Singh, one of the three great revolutionaries are other two being Rabindra Nath Tagore and Subhas Chandra Bose who stayed at Dalhousie. Sardar Ajit Singh an uncle of martyr Bhagat Singh, passed away on August 15th 1947 the day India became free: "Thank God, my mission is fulfilled." Panjpulla, meaning five bridges, is situated 2km away from G.P.O> square. It is a picturesque spot where one can get a view of the magnificent settings of thick deodar and oak forests. Water flows under five small-bridges, from which the place has derived its name.
Ajit Singh was born at Khatkar Kalan in Jalandhar district. He was educated at Sain Dass Anglo-Sankrit High Scholl, Jalandhar and at D.A.V. Collage, Lahore. He studied for some time at law collage, Bareilly.
In 1907, he was deported to Mandalay (Burma) along with Lala Lajpat Rai. He was released after six months. In 1908 he fled to Iran and then to Rome, Geneva, Paris and to Rio de Janeiro. In 1918, he came in close contact with the Ghadar Party in San Fransisco in 1939-45; he returned to Europe and met Subhas Chandra Bose in Italy. Ajit Singh returned to India only after the end of Second World War. A large number of people including tourists from various part of the country, pay homage to the Sardar Ajit Singh at his memorial every day.


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