|A Bomb Bursts
The police searched
and searched for Bhagat Singh and Rajguru, but could not find them. Three months passed.
In April 1929, the Central Legislative Assembly met in
Delhi. The British Government wanted to place before the Assembly two bills which were
likely to harm the country's interests. Even if the Assembly rejected them, the Viceroy
could use his special powers and approve them, and they would become laws. The Hindustan
Samajvadi Prajatantra Sena (The Indian Socialist Republican Army) decided to resist the
Of course, the revolutionaries escaped after Saunders'
murder. But the people of Lahore were subjected to torture by the police. The Sena decided
that such a thing should not happen again. The revolu- tionaries must oppose the British
and court arrest. They must see that the objects of the Prajatantra Sena were explained to
the people all over the country. With this object in view, the Sena resolved to send
Bhagat Singh and Batukeshwar Dutt to Delhi. Both of them were to go there, throw a bomb in
the Legislative Assembly and, get arrested. For this purpose two harm- less bombs were
On the 8th of April 1929 the two men took the bombs and
entered the Assembly Hall. They sat in the visitors' gallery.The session commenced. The
bills were placed before the Assembly by the Government. The members rejected them. In the
end, a member of the Government began an announcement that the Viceroy had exercised his
special powers. At once, a bomb fell from, above and exploded causing a fearful sound.
Immediately another bomb fell. There were sounds of shooting, too. The entire hall was
filled with smoke. People ran helter skelter. Some were so frightened that they fell down
unconscious. By that time, red pamphlets fell from the visitors' gallery. In them,
particulars of Prajatantra Sena (the Republican Army) were given and the Government was
condemned. The Hall was filled with the slogan, 'Long Live Revolution!'
The police rushed to the spot. Only Bhagat Singh and
Batukeshwar Dutt were there. They were holding pistols. Afraid of them, the police moved
back. But both threw down their pistols and got them hand- cuffed.
The bombs thrown into the Assembly Hall killed no one.Four
or five personsreceived very minor injuries; that was all.
It was not the revolutionaries' object to kill any body.
The incident drew the attention of the entire world. The Kranti Dal's name became a
household word. The British Government trembled.
After the incident, the Government got scent of the
factory at Lahore. The Government seized enough material to make seven thousand bombs.
Another big factory at Shaharanpur too was discovered by the Government. Within a few
days, most of the leaders of the Kranti Dal were arrested. The Government filed a case
against them, accusing them of executing the Lahore plot. Bhagat Singh and his companions
were kept in prison in Lahore.