National Martyrs Memorial, located a kilometre away from the Indo-Pak border, was built in 1968 on the banks of the River Sutlej. The revolutionaries - Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru were put to death a day earlier than the trial date. The body of these martyrs were stealthily taken out of the jail by the British for a secret cremation to tackle the apprehension and fervor of the citizens of Lahore. B.K Dutt was also cremated here as per his last wish.
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During the Indo – Pak war of 1971, Pakistani troops removed these statues of the national heroes at the memorial. However, these were rebuilt as a result of the efforts of the former Chief Minister of Punjab, Giani Zail Singh in 1973. Thousands of people visit the National Martyrs Memorial every year on 23rd March to attend the Shaheedi Mela, which is organised in commemoration of freedom fighters.