Martyrs day being observed today

Published On: January 29, 2021 12:00 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Jan 29: Martyrs day is being observed across the country today paying tributes to those who sacrificed their life for the cause of the nation and people.

Magh 16th each year in Nepali Lunar Calendar is marked as the Martyrs Day in Nepal, commemorating those who were executed by the autocratic Rana rulers for raising voice for people's rights and those who lost their lives in various movements launched for restoring democracy and people's sovereignty. 

On this day, freedom fighters Shukra Raj Shastri, Dharma Bhakta Mathema, Dashrath Chand and Gangalal Shrestha who were sentenced to death for their demand to establish democratic system in the country and guarantee people’s fundamental rights back in 1940s are remembered and respected as the four leading martyrs in the country's political history. 

Shukraraj was hanged in a tree near Panchali of Teku on Magh 10, 1997 BS. Dharma Bhakta was hanged in Sifal on Magh 13 and Dashrath Chand and Gangalal were gunned down at Shobha Bhagawati on Magh 15 by the then autocratic Rana regime 

Various programs are being organized across the country today paying tribute and respect to martyrs. A morning rally is being organized from Shanti Batika to Lainchaur, Kathmandu. The Prime Minister, Ministers, people's representatives and high level government officials are scheduled to pay tribute to martyrs at Lainchaur later this afternoon. 

Nepal observes Martyrs week annually from Magh 10 to 16.

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