As India is going to celebrate the glorious 71st year of independence on 15th August 2017, let's pay a tribute to some of those unsung heroes who had a significant contribution during India's Independence movement.
Chittagong uprising and a bunch of freedom fighters, involved in the revolution, are some of those important chapters which got dispersed in the pages of Indian history.
Chittagong uprising, also known as Chittagong armour raid, is a less concentrated chapter of Indian Independence movement. The movement which took place on April 18, 1930, was an attempt to capture Chittagong’s two main armouries and take down all communications and railway lines by armed Indian independence fighters led by Masterda Surya Sen.
Chittagong raid is happened to be one of the most thrilling and fierce revolutionary actions during Independence movement. But quite surprisingly, the uprising and the sacrifice of several unnamed revolutionaries did not get a proper importance in Indian history. Sadly, the history books contain hardly one or two lines about the brave and revolutionary movement, happened during freedom struggle of the country.
Masterda Surya Sen, who was the Chief architect of the uprising, was a teacher by profession. His plan was to assassinating the members of the European Club – military and government officials who were responsible for siding with the British to maintain the Raj.
His plan also included making Chittagong Independent from the tyrant supremacy.
Apart from Surya Sen, Nirmal Sen, Lokenath Bal, Ganesh Ghosh, Anant Singh, Ambika Chakravarti, Pritilata Waddedar, Tarakeswar Dastidar and Kalpana Dutta are the names of other unsung heroes, involved in the armoury raid.
Though the movement was quite successful and it gave birth to a feel of terror in the hearts of British government, Masterda's goal to make Chittagong independent did not last for long. After facing the bullets fired by the British Army during the movement, Masterda and team finally escaped to the hills of Jalalabad. Jalalabad encounter is remembered as one of the deadliest encounter in the history of India's Independence movement.