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BANERJEE PARNA

SONGSOPTOK THE WRITERS BLOG | 12/10/2014 |



Where should I start from, the day of the revolution or the end? It’s tough not to say a single word about the preparations of the big fat event of Chittagong .On 18th April in the year 1930 ,a clutch of young brave men most were in their teens challenged the mighty British Empire with a series of raids in Chittagong.It created an epic story and the actions stunned the colonial power. It was a spark which created the voice of rebellion throughout Bengal

Taken from Dr Manini chatterjee’s book –do or die
Telegram P.No,dated (and received) 19 April 1930
From –Bengal, Calcutta
To- Home Department, simla
                                                            CLEAR THE LINE

FOLLOWING TELEGRAM HAS BEEN RECEIVED FROM DISTRICT MAGISTRATE CHITTAGONG BY WIRELESS TELEGRAM THROUGH FORT WILLIAM FROM STEAMSHIP “HALIZONES”.BEGINS:SERIOUS ARMED RISING AT CHITTAGONG STOP ARMOURIES HAVE BEEN RAIDED AND TELEGRAM CUT STOP SEND ST ONCE AT LEAST TWO COMPANIES TROOPS AND MACHINE GUNS STOP POSITION CRITICAL STOP DITRATE CHITTAGONG ANCHORAGE CHITTAGONG STOP ENDS’

The armory raid have ensured Chittagong’s name in the history pages. Picturesque town near karnaphuli river with mountains and jungles at the edge end of bay of Bengal was a ground of police lines of imperial British Raj .The lootera’s of Bengal (Brtishers) was the controller of the area and disgusting as usual ,but this part of Bengal thought differently and acted in quiet different manner with a lot of young enthusiast was is written in the pages of history as the uprising of Bengal –the team of thinkers and doers shook their hands together, planners and executors took a single side, skilled armed wielders and political thinks joined the same group, this created the flamboyant group of Masterda  Surja  Sen consisting of Lokenath  Bal, Ananta  Singh,  Kalpana  Dutta, Tarakeswar  Dastidar, Ardhendu  Guha, Subodh  Roy, Nirmal  Sen, Charu  Bikash  Dutta  and many more .

This was the group whose idea was to free India through a violent overthrow of British rule from the country, the first step for Bengal renaissance was taken by these heroes. When undivided India  was fighting with British raj for indepence with different propositions this group had only one notion of  “British hatao desh bachao” – they started with Sadar Ghat physical cultural club and central physical cultural association to bring bulk of young recruiters and the secret Congress volunteers force was formed. the young recruiters have to do drills ,exercise, martial arts, lathi tranning, rock climbing , kusti training  and many more to stay fit. they were introduced to the thought of free India by their elder heads identifying their notions and attitudes towards country. The group was a combo of sophisticated men, city dwellers also with  Masterda a silent recruiter of boys from neighbouring village.  Death of  Jatin  Das  changed the notion into to do and die from do or die in 1929.only top 5leaders of the group knew the exact plan of uprising and the bulk did not know till the morning of 18th April. the young warm blood of Bengal roared together with their plan and with the armory raid, breaking down of police lines, cutting off trains, telegraph office, killing all European’s officers in the European Club among them most were high officials in the military post, all was fine till the end but the -word “man proposes but god disposes” was applied perfectly, it was good Friday and the officers lot was out from the line and were not seen at the club’s too and remained unharmed. That was the turning point of the story; they were able to inform other troops to attack the attackers which ended up with a tragic note of the end of most young bloods fighting for free India. Twelve revolutionaries faces their end fighting with over eighty troops in a gunfight in Jalalabad hills, some fled to Calcutta and some  arrested for vigorous trial. Masterda  (Surja Sen) was caught and tortured brutally till he was hanged to death. Though it had a tragic end but the revolution or the voice of awakening India was raised and the dream to achieve the Golden dream of free India was established.

The revolutionary outbreak  of Chittagong was a bench mark to all revolutionaries to roar back against the oppressing British rule in India and the step was taken by these young blood sharing hands with few good men for freeing their chained motherland.

After this outbreak -
“The Europeans in Chittagong had lived for two years practically on the edge of a volcano which might at any moment burst into eruption “ – taken from the book
This was the situation after the raid by few young hearts of Chittagong.

[BANERJEE PARNA]



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