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Vinod Bihari Chowdhury

North 24 Parganas, West Bengal

November 02, 2023 to November 02, 2024

Vinod Bihari Chowdhury was born on 10 January 1911, in Uttarabhurshi village, nestled within the Boyalkhani police station in the Chittagong district of undivided Bengal. He was the fifth offspring of Kaminikumar, a distinguished lawyer.

In 1927, he embarked on his journey with the revolutionary Yugantar party, drawing ever closer to the influential Masterda Surya Sen. Among the chosen 64, Vinod Bihari was a valiant member entrusted with the mission to raid the police line armoury at Dampara in the city; an operation planned by the visionary Masterda Surya Sen. The heroic Jalalabad hill battle on 22 April 1930, saw the sacrifice of 11 brave souls, with Vinod Bihari sustaining grievous injuries as bullets pierced his throat. He received covert medical attention and made a partial recovery but was apprehended by the police during this period. Remarkably, he shared the same jail cell with Masterda Surya Sen for over a month.

Despite his confinement, Vinod demonstrated unwavering determination and intellect. He pursued his education within the confines of the concentration camp, earning a Bachelor's degree in 1936 and a Master's in English in 1939. Upon his release, he aligned himself with the Indian National Congress.

The statue of revolutionary Masterda Surya Sen was inaugurated in front of Barasat Stadium by his fellow revolutionary Vinod Bihari Chowdhury

Source: Sovan Sen, Contributor for CCRT