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THE FORGOTTEN HERO

Posted by Indian Vanguard on August 25, 2007

Batukeshwar Dutt was an Indian revolutionary in the early 1900s. He is best known for having bombed, along with Bhagat Singh, the Punjab Legislative in the Assembly on 8 April 1929. After his arrest, he and Singh were instrumental in intiating a hunger strike protesting against the rights and state of Indian political prisoners.[1] He was a member of the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association , one of the first Marxist parties in India.

Batukeshwar Dutt outlived all his comrades and died in July 1965 in Delhi. After his release from prison, he participated in the Quit India movement. But in Independent India he did not receive any recognition. He was cremated near Firozpur in Punjab where the bodies of his comrades Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru and Sukh Dev were cremated many years ago.

Batukeshwar Dutt alias BK Dutta, alias Battu, alias Mohan, son of Gosta Bihari Dutta and a resident of Oari village, Khanda, Mausu, Burdwan, UP was a member of Hindustan Socialist Republic Army who was a close associate of Chandrasekhar Azad and Bhagat Singh. Working in Kanpur for the party, he knew how to make bombs. He along with Bhagat Singh had thrown a bomb in the Central Assembly on April 8, 1929 to register protest against the Trade Dispute Bill and raised the slogan Inquilab Zindabad. Tried in Central Assembly bomb case, he was sentenced in 1929 to life imprisonment by the court of Session Judge of Delhi. He was deported to the Cellular Jail. He participated in two hunger strikes in Cellular Jail during May 1933 and July 1937. BK Dutta was repatriated in 1937. He was released from Bankipur Jail in the year 1938 .

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