Shaheed Udham Singh Current Affairs - 2020

120th birth anniversary of Shaheed Udham Singh being celebrated

Nation is paying homage to great revolutionary, Shaheed Udham Singh, a well-known freedom fighter from Punjab  on his 120th birth anniversary being celebrated on 26 December 2019. He was born on this day in 1899 in Sangrur district of Punjab. He belonged to Ghadar party and was best known for avenging the Jallianwala Bagh massacre by assassinating Michael O’ Dwyer.

About Shaheed Udham Singh

He was present in Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar on the fateful Baisakhi festival (festival of harvest) on 13 April 1919, where about 20,000 unarmed men, women and children gathered and General Dyer arrived with his troops, sealed the only exit to park and opened fire without any warning on unarmed crowd. Many people lost their lives in horrific massacre.

He made his way to England arrived there in 1933 to execute Michael O’Dwyer, who was then governor of Punjab responsible for brutal Jallianwala Bagh massacre. He opened fire at Michael O’Dwyer in Caxton Hall in London, killing him on spot in March 1940. Udham Singh was then hanged four months later at Pentonville Prison and his mortal remains were handed over to India in 1974.