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Kalpana Dutta

Kolkata, West Bengal

August 23, 2021


Kalpana Dutta was one of the members of Master Da Surya Sen's revolutionary group (an influential Indian revolutionary), who carried forward the work of Pritilata Waddedar. She was a member of Chattri Sangha (a semi-revolutionary organization for women, Kolkata). She was part of the armoury loot, and the first attempt at torching Pahartoli Club (which led to the death of Pritilata). During the second attempt, made by herself and Master Da, the British were better prepared. Kalpana Dutta escaped at that point in time, but Master Da was finally captured in the year 1933. Later, after three months, even she was arrested and sentenced to life for taking part in the Chittagong Armoury Loot. She was released six years later.

Kalpana Dutta was a learned student of science. She was inspired by the martyrdom of Khudiram Bose. The cause of patriotism made inroads in her life while she was in Chittagong. This was further encouraged while she was pursuing her studies in the Bethune College, Kolkata. She breathed her last in the year 1995.