His last will… body given to medical college rather than cremating

Brij Lal, contemporary of many communist leaders had worked for mujara movement 

Neel Kamal

(Times of India)

Barnala(Sangrur), September 18, 2006

bHe got a hero’s welcome in his death getting lal salaam(red salute). Brij Lal, a contemporary of many top leaders of the CPI(M) will be serving the humanity even after his death. Reversing the trend the sons of Brij Lal respecting his last will donated the body to Dayanand Medical College, Ludhiana for innovation purposes instead of cremating it. A cavalcade of family and friends went all the way to Ludhiana to handover the body. No Hindu rituals were performed before departure of the body.

Brij Lal(90) had worked with then CPI MP Teja Singh Sawatantar,  MLA Harnam Singh Chamak and Santokh Singh Sahor in 50s and 60s. He earnestly worked with Swatantar, then with the Red party in Mujara movement(land for tillers) in 1950s when lands of meager farmers were being snatched by landlords.  Bant Singh, tehsil secretary of CPM who offered party flag to the body going deep memory lane said during those days Brij Lal used to offer shelter to the sympathizers of movement which had become a big headache for the government.

Brij Lal also came in direct contact with Harkishan Singh Surjeet, former general secretary CPI(M) working with the party. Reminding it party state secretary Prof. Balwant Singh said Brij Lal was a very known sympathizer of communist movement, who not only came in contact of Surjeet but worked tirelessly and party has lost a committed worker with his demise.  He was only a handful persons from the Aggarwal community influenced by communist ideology. Jagir Singh Jagtar, an old comrade has mentioned in one of his write up, Brij Lal and two others from the area belonging to Aggarwal families were seen raising red flag.

Elaborating about the contributions of Brij Lal and his contemporary in the communist movement, Ram Sarup Sharma is midway through a book titled Ek bahenda darya(a flowing river), now the book will be devoted to the thoughts of the old comrade, adds Sharma.

Brij Lal’s son Megh Raj Mittar, founder of Taraksheel society said his father was an atheist and he had made his will in 1999 apprehending his death of donating his body to a medical college rather than cremating and today we have fulfilled his desire with proud. He said nobody from the five sons and two daughters objected to his body being handed over to hospital for innovations.