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Dukh Bhanjan Mukherjee

Dhanbad, Jharkhand

June 10, 2022 to June 10, 2023

Dukha Bhanjan Mukherjee was a freedom fighter from Dhanbad district, Jharkhand. His ancestral home was at Lakragram, Purulia and after that settled in J.C. Mallick Road, Dhanbad. His father’s name was Lt. Ramanuj Babu, was a man of small riches, and had five sons and three daughters. Dukha Banjan Mukherjee was called Dukhu lovingly. Dukha was born in 1910. As his brother Bholanath worked in Dhanbad mines, Dukha Bhanjan came to Dhanbad along with him. He was a student of HE School, Dhanbad, and left his studies for participating in the 1930, salt satyagraha. He participated in the activities like picketing shops and destroying government offices, and he also hoisted the National flag at the government office. At the age of seventeen, he used to sell salt packets to instigate the Britishers. He was tied by a rope around his waist, was arrested, and put in jail for one month. When British police were arresting people in Dhanbad it was completely ignored by Dukhu and continued his anti-British activities. In 1933 he also participated in the satyagraha. People were being arrested from all over India and Dukh Bhanjan Mukherjee along with Janki Mukherjee, Umesh Mahto, Anadi Mukherjee, Paresh Mahto and were in jail for two months. Dukha was very young during the freedom movement and was inclined towards helping the needy, and also did work for awakening people. He did social work silently without any publicity. Dukha Bhanjan Mukherjee was a soft-hearted and good human being. He used to stay alone in the Mallick family house near Durga Mandir. He also owned a press namely “Chapaghar”. He received a pension from the government and during his death, he gave 20,000 rupees to Sunil, Who was the younger son of his brother Rabilochan. He also finds a place in the book ‘DhanbaderVishisht Bengali, written by Ajit Rai. He was awarded by Lindsay Club, Hirapur, Dhanbad on 15th August 1996, at this time he had crossed the age of 87. He was also awarded a copper plate by the Government. He died on 13th August 1997.

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