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Harigopal Ball (Tegra)

Chattagram, Undivided Bengal

August 05, 2022

Martyred at the age of fourteen years, Harigopal Ball(1916-1930), son of Prankrishna Ball of the Dhorla village in Chattagram of the undivided Bengal, was the youngest and the first victim of the Jalalabad war, which took place between Chattagram revolutionaries and British paramilitary forces on the 22 April 1930.

Harigopal was then a student of the class ninth standard of the Chattagram Municipal School. Known for his daredevil disposition, he was called the Tiger (Tegra in colloquial dialect) by his neighbors and playmates. The younger brother of Loknath Ball, a close follower of Masterda Surya Sen, Harigopal was associated with the secret group as an enthusiast; and also took part in its physical exercise program and learned the essentials of the lathi and knife exercises.

On the day of the Chattagram Upsurge (18 April 1930), he was in the troupe led by his brother Loknath and Ambika Chakraborty for raiding the Auxiliary Forces Armory. After the raid, Harigopal was seen ferrying the arms to safety. Four days later on the slopes of the Jalalabad hills, when the revolutionaries were down with fatigue and hunger, a barrage of bullets started coming from the forces down the hill in the afternoon. Placed on the front line of defense, Harigopal and others stood up to return the fire when a bullet hit his chest and he fell to the ground.

Source: Saheed Surya Sen Bhawan, Museum, Calcutta; Kalpana Datta, Cattagram Astragar O Akramankarider Smritikatha, 1946, Reprint, 2013, in Bengali; Ananta Singh, Agnigarbha Chattagram, 1968, in Bengali; Subodhchandra Sengupta Ed., Samsad Bangali Charitabhidhan, 1976, in Bengali.