Baba Bilga cremated

Baba Bilga cremated
Kusum Arora
Tribune News Service

Though Baba was given state funeral but Chief minister Parkash Singh Badal and Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal did not turn up to pay their respects to the departed soul. Many people present their criticised the CM and the Dy CM for not attending the cremation. “Senior and junior Badal are CM and DyCM respectively today because of people like Baba Bilga”, said an associate of Baba Bilga. Even media adviser to the CM, Harcharan Singh Bains could not reach the airport despite an official announcement yesterday. Only Sports Minister Gulzar Singh Ranike and Lohian MLA Ajeet Singh Kohar reached the venue.

Jalandhar, June 3
“Mainu Bilga le chalo, mere desh le chalo( take me to my village, to my country”, was the last words of ghadarite Baba Bhagat Singh Bilga who breathed his last at Birmingham (UK), where his sons and grandsons live. The freedom fighter wished to reach his native place before breathing his last but it did not happen.

Baba’s body was consigned consigned to flames at his native village this afternoon. He was 102 on May 22. Before performing the last rites, Baba’s body was kept at Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall, which was built under his patronage and is known for literary and cultural activities.

Baba was given state funeral amidst slogans:Baba bilga amar rahe’ and ‘Baba bilga da pegam, zari rakhna hai sangram. As Baba commanded high respect among trade unions, revolutionary groups and other Left wing organisations and even intellectuals of universities and college, they were all present in large number to pay their last respect to Baba Bilga, whose death marks end of an era of Ghadar movement.

Kulbir Singh Sanghera said Baba died after a brief illness. He was in his senses even a few hours before he breathed his last, said Sanghera.

Among those who paid tributes to Bada were Rajinder Kaur Bhattal, Ajit Singh Kohar, Lakshmi Kanta Chawla, Jagbir Singh Brar, Amarjit Singh Samra, Avtar Henry, Gurcharan Singh Channi and some senior officers including Deputy Commissioner Ajit Singh Pannu.

The Kirti Kisan Union, the Kul Hind Kisan Mazdoor Sabha, the Dehati Mazdoor Sabha, the Technical Services Union, the Punjab Khet Mazdoor Union, the Indian Workers Association and the Pendu Mazdoor Union also paid tributes to Baba Bilga at his village.

Amritsar: Members of the Left parties and farmer unions today gathered at the Rajasansi airport her to pay homage to freedom fighter Baba Bhagat Singh Bilga, whose body was brought here here today at 2 am from London. Ajit Singh Kohar, Minister of Revenue and Rehabilitation, received the body at the airport on behalf of Punjab government.

Bhupinder Singh, president, Punjabi Virasat Foundation, general secretary Harjit Singh Rajasansi, leaders of Leftist parties Ajmer Singh, Jatinder Singh Pannu, Gurmeet Singh, members of farmer unions Jathinder Singh Chhina, Dr Satnalm Siongh Ajnala were among those who paid homage to the Baba .

The office-bearers of the Desh Bhagat Yadgaar Hall Naunihal Singh and Gurmeet Singh, general secretary and secretary, respectively, received the body of Baba Bilga at the airport, which was later taken to his native place Bilga near Nurmahal in Jalandhar district.

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