The exercise of decorating the Shaheed Sthal (separate statehood martyrs memorial) began to commemorate the anniversary of police firing on the statehood agitators on September 2, 1994, in Mussoorie.
Six persons namely late Balbir Singh Negi (22), Belmati Chauhan (48), Dhanpat Singh, Hansa Dhanai (45), Madan Mohan Mamgain, Rai Singh Bangari (54), were killed during the indiscriminate police firing
which also led to death of Deputy Superintendent of Police Umakant Tripathi, 21 years back on 1994.
These events changed the course of the movement as the agitation turned into a mass movement forcing the successive governments and political parties to agree for a separate hill state and the statehood dream was fulfilled on 9 November 2000.
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