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Keshav Kandu

Kaimur (Bhabua), Bihar

July 10, 2024 to July 10, 2026

Keshav Kandu was a young man who gave his life for India's freedom during the Quit India Movement of 1942. Born in 1914 in Oriya village, Kudra police station area, Kaimur district, Keshav was the son of Janaki Kandu, a laborer by profession. Growing up, Keshav assisted his father and gradually became involved in the independence movement.

Inspired by the cause, Keshav actively participated in dharnas and demonstrations in Kudra and Bhabua cities. When Mahatma Gandhi launched the Quit India Movement in 1942, Keshav saw it as a pivotal moment to oust the British. He and his companions decided to sabotage the railway tracks to disrupt British operations. A large crowd of agitators gathered near Pusauli in the Kudra police station area, successfully halting train traffic.

As they uprooted the tracks and shouted anti-British slogans, the Baloch police from Kudra station arrived and opened fire on the crowd. Keshav, leading the agitators with fervor, was shot in the chest by the soldiers on orders from British officers. At just 28 years old, Keshav Kandu was martyred beside the railway track, his sacrifice a testament to his dedication to India's independence.

Name mentioned in the freedom fighter memorial at Kudra block.
Details mentioned at Memo no 2438/SB, 38,1,52, Bihar SPL branch CID, Patna, Dated 28 Jan 53, Bihar archive.

Source: Shashikant Kumar, Contributor for CCRT.