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MADANLAL DHINGRA

In the Witness Box

Dhingra was tried in the London High Court. He was just indifferent. All he said was: "I never intended to kill Lalkaka. But I had to shoot in self-defence."

Madanlal Dhingra was put within the four walls of the Brixton Jail. Savarkar went to see him there. He was proud of his disciple's courageous achievement. "Savarkar, after my death, the funeral rites should be performed in the Hindu way. No Non-Hindu should touch my body. Auction my belongings and donate the money to the 'National Fund," Dhingra told Savarkar.

He made his statement in the court on the Tenth of July. It echoed everywhere.

This is what he said: "Just as the Germans have no right to occupy England, so the Britons have no right to occupy India. It is legal to kill the Englishmen, who have set their unholy feet on our motherland. Do sentence me to death! That is what I ask for. For that will fan the fire of revenge in the hearts of my countrymen!"

The evening newspapers contained Dhingra's statement. "Dhingra's statement is strange," the papers commented; "He says he is a patriot who is sacrificing his life for the good of his motherland, and his Indian brethren will avenge his death!"

The trial was over on July the Twenty-fifth. The court delivered judgement. What was it? Death I The date for it was fixed too. It was the Seventeenth of August 1909.

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Sentence me death
About Madanlal Dhingra
Introduction
That Boy From Amritsar
A Mercy Life
India House
A Needle Straight Through The Palm
Ready For A Great Event
A Cunning Fox
The First Of July
London Is Rocked
You are Here! In The Witness Box
Dhingra's Statement Appears Outside England
A Challenge
The Moment Of Martyrdom
What Shall We Do?
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