When seven youths died trying to hoist Indian flag at Patna Secretariat in 1942

Updated: Aug 13 2022 3:33PM

When seven youths died trying to hoist Indian flag at Patna Secretariat in 1942

Patna, Aug 13 (PTI) Three days after Mahatma Gandhi gave a call for the Quit India movement in August 1942, a group of youths attempted to hoist the Indian flag at the Patna Secretariat but seven of them fell to the bullets of security forces before they could raise the tricolour.

The incident took place on August 11. Its 80th anniversary was marked Thursday in a solemn ceremony at a memorial -- Shahid Smarak -- erected after Independence in their honour.

Five years after the supreme sacrifices made by these seven youths, or 'Saat Shahid' as they came to be known as later -- six of them were in high school while the seventh was in college -- India saw the dawn of Independence on August 15, 1947.