India got independence on 15 August 1947. Many of our heroes sacrificed their lives and gave freedom to the country. People call them freedom lovers. I know that you all must know about the independence that came in 1947. The issue is, who contributed the most to the country’s independence? When it comes to mind we just answer in one line that all the people together have played their important role. Let’s know something interesting today.
It is a fact that everyone has played their part in getting India’s independence. But today I will tell you about a such fighters who have been left behind in the pages of history.
Master Da Surya Sen
People call Jawaharlal Nehru a visionary man, but do you know, that Surya Sen was also a great visionary.
The Chittagong Army Raid incident happened in 1930, when Surya Sen was leading it. Surya sen formed his own regional army in Chittagong which was named Indian Republican Army, Chittagong for the strict action on Britishers.
The plan was put into action at 10 p.m. on 18 April 1930. The police armoury was captured by a group of revolutionaries led by Ganesh Ghosh, while another group of ten men led by Lokenath Bal took the Auxiliary Forces armoury. Some 65 people took part in the raid, undertaken in the name of Indian Republican Army, Chittagong Branch. They failed to locate ammunition but did succeed in cutting telephone and telegraph wires and disrupting train movements.
It is believed that Surya sen was confident that more such armies would be formed after being inspired by his move.
About 16 of the group captured the European club’s headquarters (in Pahartali, now the Railway Office next to Shahjahan Field) but there were few club members present because of it being Good Friday. Upon learning of the situation, the Europeans were able to get the alarm out to troops, which the revolutionaries had not expected. After the raids, the revolutionaries gathered outside the police armoury, where Sen took a military salute, hoisted a national flag, and proclaimed a Provisional Revolutionary Government. The revolutionaries left Chittagong town before dawn and marched towards the Chittagong hill ranges, looking for a safe place to hide.
A few of the members including Ganesh Ghosh, Ananta Singh and the teenagers Ananda Gupta and Jeebon Ghoshal were elsewhere, and almost captured at Feni railway station but managed to escape. Later they stayed in hiding in a house in Chandannagar.
Surya sen was later captured and hanged but his sacrifice inspired the nation to form a group like the Azad Hind Fauj and then, with all the efforts of Rash Bihari Bose, Captain Mohan Singh and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, the Azad Hind Fauj was established.
We should always remember one thing that every freedom fighter knew that his sacrifice will not give freedom to the country but will increase nationalism among the people of the country and this rising nationalism will play a successful role in liberating the country.