Shaheed Udham Singh was a well-known freedom fighter from Punjab. Udham Singh belonged to Ghadar party and was best known for the assassinating Michael O’ Dwyer, the former Lieutenant Governor of Punjab in India. Dwyer’s assassination on March 13, 1940, was carried out as a revenge for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in 1919.
Singh was subsequently tried and convicted of murder and hanged in July 1940.
On his death anniversary today, here we are listing some little known facts about Indian freedom fighter.
- Singh was born on 26 December 1899.
- Singh became an orphan at an early age and was taken away by Central Khalsa Orphanage,
- Singh was just 20 years old when he witnessed brutality Jallianwala Bagh. Following the massacre, he moved to United States where he joined the Ghadar party to secure India’s independence.
- Singh hid his revolver in a book and assassinated Dwyer during a meeting at Caxton Hall, London. Singh had carved the shape of the revolver to fit it inside the book.
- Udham Singh did not run away after shooting two times at Dwyer, who died on the spot. Singh, instead, waited for the officials to arrest him.
- Singh was hanged at Pentonville Prison in July 1940.