Bhagat Singh’s Gun That Killed John Saunders, Found After 90 Years

Generally believed by many to be ‘missing’ for almost 90 years, an immensely significant piece of history has been found. The .32 mm Colt automatic pistol belongs to Shaheed Bhagat Singh which claimed the life of Assistant Police Superintendent John Saunders. The historic weapon was put on display for the first time ever at BSF’s Indore museum.

Without any mention of its history, the weapon was on display at BSF’s Central School of Weapons and Tactics (CSWT) museum.

Assistant Commandant Vijendra Singh, custodian of CSWT museum told the TOI, that they were surprised when they removed the black paint on the pistol and matched its serial number – 168896, with their records last year.  “It was Bhagat Singh’s pistol,” Vijendra told the newspaper.

On 8 April, 1929 Bhagat Singh and Batukeshawar Dutt threw bombs inside the Central Legislative Assembly, the duo could probably have escaped as the smoke arose but instead they stayed shouting the slogan “Inquilab Zindabad!”(“Long Live the Revolution”).  They were arrested and moved through a series of jails in Delhi.

90 Year Old Bhagat Singh PistolTheir actions were criticized by some but celebrated by most. Bhagat Singh and Dutt eventually responded to the criticism by writing the Assembly Bomb Statement:

“We hold human life sacred beyond words. We are neither perpetrators of dastardly outrages … nor are we ‘lunatics’ as the Tribune of Lahore and some others would have it believed … Force when aggressively applied is ‘violence’ and is, therefore, morally unjustifiable, but when it is used in the furtherance of a legitimate cause, it has its moral justification.”

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