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In a case of mistaken identity Bhagat Singh killed John P. Saunders, an Assistant Superintendent of Police instead of______.
A. James A Scott
B. Charles Tegart
C. G.C. Hilton
D. Horace Williamson

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Hint: Indian revolutionary Bhagat Singh along with Shivaram Rajguru killed John P. Saunders to avenge Lala Lajpat Rai death. However, they had mistakenly killed him and were hanged for this in 1931, March 23.

Complete answer: The British commission ordered Sir John Simon to report on the current political situation and the Government of Indian Act. However, the commission had only Englishman and did not include a single Indian member which led to outrage and resentment among the people. When the commission visited Lahore in 1928, Lala Lajpat Rai led the protest against the commission which was a silent and a non-violent march. However, the police responded with violence. The police beat Lajpat Rai severely and succumbed to injuries. Bhagat Singh was an eyewitness to this event and decided to take revenge by plotting the assassination of James a Scott.
On December 17, 1928, Bhagat Singh along with shivaram rajguru shot and killed the assistant superintendent of police John Saunders for mistakenly identifying him as James A Scott.
-Gopinath Saha in 1924 attempted to shoot and kill Charles Tegart however mistakenly white man. He was a British officer from 1923 to 1939.
-The revolutionaries were awarded the death sentence by a special 3 tribunal judges. J.C Hilton was the president of the bench when the punishment was awarded.
-Sir Horace Williamson served as a director in the Intelligence bureau until 1936 under British rule in India. He presents his reports on Bhagat Singh’s rivalled popularity in India.
Therefore the correct answer is-A.

Note: After killing Saunders the revolutionaries managed to escape and then on April 8, 1929, along with batukeshwar Dutt threw two bombs inside the central legislative assembly in Delhi, no lives were lost. Then finally in 1931, three revolutionaries Bhagat Singh Rajguru and Sukhdev were arrested on the charge of killing Saunders and were hanged to death. After the death of Bhagat Singh and Rajguru, the dead bodies were thrown in Satluj. They were also denied mercy.