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Rohini Barua

Chattagram, Undivided Bengal

August 05, 2022

Rohini Barua(1915-1935) was born in Aburkhil village, Raojan police station, of Chattagram in undivided Bengal. His father Nilkantha Barua was a village merchant.

Rohini was inspired by the spurt of revolutionary activities in Chattagram leading to the upsurge on 18 April 1930. An anxious onlooker to all these, he was in no way connected to the revolutionary group; but on 27 June 1932, he was arrested and imprisoned in the Chattagram jail simply on suspicion. Without trial, he was sent to the Hijli Camp after two months; then to the Berahampore Camp (28 March 1933). Finally, he was interned in Daulatpur village under the Goalando Ghat police station of Faridpur district (4 October 1934). He was placed under the control of Sd. Ershad Ali, the local daroga. Rohini passed the matriculation examination as an intern. When his mother died Ershad Ali not only denied him permission to go home; but rebuked him.

Three years passed since his arrest without any sign of his relief, but he became restless due to Ershad Ali’s misbehavior. He thus decided to end his life but only after killing Ershad Ali so that he could no longer trouble other interned prisoners like him. He killed Ershad Ali by repeatedly striking his neck with a cutter and surrendered to the police.

He was sentenced to capital punishment by the special tribunal. On 18 December 1935, he was hanged to death at the Faridpur jail.

Source: Saheed Surya Sen Bhawan, Museum, Calcutta; Purnananda Dasgupta, Biplaber Pathe, 1364 BS in Bengali; Kalicharan Ghosh, Banglar Sashatra Biplaber Purbapar Itihas, 1380 BS, in Bengali; Nalini Das, Swadhinata Sangrame Dwipantarer Bandi, 1974, in Bengali.