Sukhdev Thapar was one of the youngest freedom fighters that India had and is counted among the three musketeers of Indian freedom struggle, the other two being Shivaram Rajguru and Bhagat Singh.
Born in Lahore on May 15th, 1907, he is known for the Lahore conspiracy case involving the killing of J P Saunders, the deputy superintendent of police, under British rule.
Sukhdev was an accomplice in this assassination, along with Bhagat Singh and Shivaram Rajguru that was carried out to avenge the death of Lala Lajpat Rai.
Lala Lajpat Rai was killed in a police assault, for holding a non-violent procession against the Simon commission.
The other well-known bold act of this young freedom fighter was to set up a small bomb factory against the British. He was arrested for this and in the following trial was sentenced to death, which was carried out on 23rd March, 1931 at the Lahore Central Jail.
A valiant life came to an end!
On his birthday, let us pay our salutations to this young freedom fighter who gave up his life at a young age of 24, while fighting for India’s freedom struggle.