Martyrs’ Day observed

Kathmandu, January 30

Shahid Diwas (Martyrs’ Day) was observed across the country today by paying tributes to all those who sacrificed their lives for the sake of the nation and people.

On the final day of the Martyrs’ Week, Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba laid a wreath at the martyrs’ monument at Martyrs’ Memorial Park in Lainchaur.

Apart from the many known and unknown martyrs, Martyrs’ Week is specially observed in memory of the four martyrs — Sukra Raj Shastri, Dharma Bhakta Mathema, Dashrath Chand and Ganga Lal Shrestha, who had raised their voice against the autocratic Rana regime. A contingent of the Nepali Army paid a guard of honour on the occasion.

Ministers, chief secretary, chief of security agencies and constitutional bodies, among others, also visited the park and paid floral tribute to the martyrs.

The Rana oligarchy had executed the four martyrs 77 years ago for fighting for the freedom of Nepali people. The movement they started had ultimately ended the Rana regime and established democracy in the country.

Before the function, a morning procession was organised by Kathmandu Metropolitan City to mark the day.