Hyderabad: A post on Facebook claims that Indian revolutionaries Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru were sentenced to death in Lahore on 14 February 1931. According to netizens, "February 14 is not just Valentine's Day. On this day in 1931, Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru were sentenced to death in Lahore (translated)."


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Fact Check:

NewsMeter found that the claim is FALSE and the trio was sentenced to death on 7 October 1930.

We searched online for reports about the sentencing of the three men and found an archive report by Indian Law Journal with the title, "The Trial of Bhagat Singh". The report states that the trio was sentenced to death on 7 October 1930. It reads, "On 7 October 1930, about three weeks before the expiry of its term, the tribunal delivered its judgement, sentencing Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru to death by hanging." The same was also stated by Times Now News report.

We also found ShahidBhagatSingh.org, a website that has archived Singh's letters, photos, and statements. It contains a letter Singh wrote to the Punjab Governor and begins, "That we were sentenced to death on 7th October 1930 by a British Court, L.C.C Tribunal, constituted under the Sp. Lahore Conspiracy Case Ordinance, promulgated by the H.E."

We also noticed that this is not the first time this false claim has popped up. We found several media reports from 2019 that debunked the same claim. (Click here to read)

The claim that Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, and Rajguru were sentenced to death on 14 February 1931, Valentine's Day, is FALSE.


Misha Rajani

Misha Rajani is a Fact Checker at NewsMeter. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from St. Francis College for Women. She has written a thesis on “ Role of social media in highlighting injustice”. Apart from pursuing a career in news writing, Misha is also skilled in graphic designing. You can follow Misha on Twitter @misharajani00

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