The Uttar Pradesh government has set aside Rs. 234.36-crore for the construction of a Zoo named after Shaheed Ashfaqullah Khan. The Zoological Garden will be set up in Gorakhpur.
For the unknown, Ashfaqulla Khan was a freedom fighter born on October 22, 1900. He was martyred at Faizabad jail by hanging for Kakori train robbery. Khan, alongside a friend, looted the train carrying ammunition belonging to the British Government. The motive was to use the ammunition to boost independence movements across the country.
“The government has sanctioned Rs 234.36 for the Ashfaqullah Khan garden. It will be developed on 121.34 acre land. It will give an international identity to Gorakhpur and promote wildlife conservation,” UP government spokesperson and cabinet minister Shrikant Sharma said.