The SARAGARHI Memorial and gurdwara premises in Ferozepur prepares for a state-level function to mark 120 years of the Saragarhi battle.
Although tributes are paid to 21 martyrs of 36th Sikhs of British Indian Army every year on September 12, this year the state government has planned a state-level function for the first time.
Out of the 21 martyrs of this historic battle, families of only 12 are living in Punjab at present and the rest have migrated out of country, Ferozepur district administration revealed.
Apart from this, a 14-member British contingent has also arrived in Punjab to take part in the September 12 function in Ferozepur.
The Battle of Saragarhi was fought between 21 Sikh soldiers of British Indian Army and 10,000 soldiers of Pashtun Orakzai on 12 September, 1897.
Havildar Ishar Singh was the commander at the post when British Indian Contingent was attacked by 10,000 Afghans.