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Brajakishore Chakraborty

Midnapore, West Bengal

August 05, 2022

Son of Bhubanmohhan Kavyatirtha (1913 -1934), a Sanskrit scholar, Brajakishore Chakraborty of the village Ballavpur in the outskirt of the Midnapore town, was martyred just at the age of twenty years. As a second-year student of the Midnapore College, the cradle of revolutionaries, Brajakishore followed his classmates to join the Bengal Volunteers of Hemchandra Ghosh. Dinesh Gupta of many revolutionary encounters, Writers’ Buildings included, was a role model to all of them.

Midnapore in the early 1930s was at the height of revolutionary activities vis-à-vis the repressive policy followed by the district administration, leading to the murder of three successive British District Magistrates in 1931-32, a unique revolutionary feat in the whole of India.

Most ruthless of the trio was Bernard E J Burge, who often boasted of his dealing with the Irish revolutionaries back home and attachment to football. On the occasion of a similar match on the police ground on the 2 September 1932, Mr. Burge was shot dead by Anathbandhu Panja and Mrigen Datta when he got down from his car; while the duo succumbed to retaliatory police firing.

Brajokishore and his friends Ramkrishna Roy and Nirmaljiban Ghosh were not directly involved in the case, but they were arrested the next day. In a mockery of trial under the Bengal Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1930, all of them were given death sentences. On 25 October 1934, Brajakishore Chakraborty was hanged to death at the Midnapore Central Jail.

Source: Saheed Surya Sen Bhawan, Museum, Calcutta; Shailesh Dey, Agniyug, 1958, in Bengali; Tarashankar Bhattacharyya, Swadhinata Sangrame Medinipur, 1973, in Bengali; Kalicharan Ghosh, Jagaran O Bisforan, 1380 BS, in Bengali.