Bhagat Singh and his comrades while refusing to make any petition for mercy, in the course of a letter to the Governor of the Punjab, asked to be shot dead.
"The only thing we want to point out, they said, "is that according to the verdict of your Court we are said to have been waging war and are consequently war prisoners. Therefore we claim to be treated as such, i.e. we claim to be shot dead instead of being hanged. It rests with you now to prove that you seriously meant what your Court has said and prove it through action. We very earnestly request you and hope that you will very kindly order the Military Department to send a detachment or a shooting party to perform our executions."
(Courtesy : Bajinder Pal Singh)