On August 8, 1942, a flood of nationalism blew the nation over as Mahatma Gandhi required the British Raj to Quit India. A huge number of Indians over the length and expansiveness of the nation held showings to oust the standard.
While the soul of patriotism in every one of these developments was unmatched, one uprising specifically, led by understudies no more seasoned than 16 or 17, was deified.
Truly, we are discussing Patna’s notable Shaheed Smarak or Martyr’s Memorial.
On the off chance that you have meandered through the city’s hallways of intensity, you are no more abnormal to the life-estimate bronze statues of seven men.
Wearing dhoti-kurtas with the quintessential Gandhi topi, the statues face the Old Patna Secretariat, an image of the occasion that happened 76 years prior.
Here’s the lesser-known story.
It was the morning of eleventh August 1942, three days after the Quit India Movement was propelled.
At the time, more than 6,000 understudies hurried into the doors of the recent Patna Secretariat.
They bore no arms and had a solitary objective– to raise the banner on the working of the Secretariat, without causing any damage– neither to lives nor people in general property.
It was likewise a response to the detainment of prominent Gandhian Dr Anugrah Narain, when he attempted to spread out the national banner in Patna.
Be that as it may, the British were firm in their purpose to attack the development. Their Military Police, under the order of the District Magistrate W G Archer, was entrusted with checking the development from developing in any way.
The Force endeavoured to shield the understudies from achieving the Secretariat until 2 in the early afternoon, however notwithstanding the obstruction, the understudies walked on.
Bowman realized their quality was unmatched. He chose to start shooting.
In any case, oh dear, the Brit Magistrate had overlooked that the men in his own police were Indians.
At the point when the Bihar Military Police and the Rajputs put their firearms down, the British chose to utilize the steadfastness of the Gurkhas against the understudies. They didn’t fire on the group straightforwardly. Their shots were estimated and focused at the gathering which split far from the group.
They needed to slaughter the one bearing the banner.
In any case, the soul of the men was with the end goal that when one banner carrier was gunned down, he passed the banner on to his friend.
The buddy also was pushed to the ground by the torrent of slugs.
Furthermore, similar to flies they fell, in a steady progression.
When the shots ceased, every one of the seven was dead. Martyred for the sake of the banner they needed to raise on the Secretariat.
The seven understudies were later recognized as:
Umakant Prasad Sinha (Raman Ji) – Ram Mohan Roy Seminary, Class IX, Narendrapur, Saran
Ramanand Singh – Ram Mohan Roy Seminary, Class IX, Sahadat Nagar, Patna
Satish Prasad Jha – Patna Collegiate School, Class X, Khadahara, Bhagalpur
Jagatpati Kumar – Bihar National College, Second year, Kharati, Aurangabad
Devipada Choudhry – Miller High English School, Class IX, Silhat, Jamalpur
Rajendra Singh – Patna High English School, Class X, Banwari Chak, Saran
Ramgovind Singh – Punpun High English School, Class IX, Dasharatha, Patna
While the most established among them was an undergrad, the rest were just young men, no more established than 17 examining in classes 9 or 10. Be that as it may, even as youthful as these men were, they moved toward becoming images of New India which was unafraid and delighted in its opportunity.
Perceived as Ram Krishna Sinha, a third-year understudy of Patna College, the young fellow had masked himself as a planter. The main thing at the forefront of his thoughts was to enter the Secretariat and Derrick the Tricolor.
As per a report in The Telegraph, he was captured and sent to imprison where he went through over a year as an undertrial convict.
The confirmation of his accomplishment was a declaration issued from the workplace of the Patna District Magistrate on September 22, 1948.
It expressed, “He was captured when he was an understudy of III year class of Patna College at the secretariat on 11.8.42. Stopped in Bankipore Jail and keeping in mind that escorted to Phulwari camp correctional facility, crowds assaulted on the escorting party and was let free. His home and different things were joined for a time of an additional two months. Was again captured on the 29th November 1942 and kept undertrial up to 30.8.42 and indicted segment 225B IPC on 31.9.43 and condemned for four months. Accordingly, he endured horribly by virtue of his interest.”
Addressing the production, Navendu Sharma, the late opportunity warrior’s child, stated, “My dad never talked about his commitment to the Quit India Movement freely. Be that as it may, for an incredible duration, he wore khadi. We tried to get his statue introduced in a recreation centre close to our home in Kankerbagh. However, nothing occurred, and the statue of someone else was introduced there.”
Navendu included how his dad was likewise instrumental in sparing numerous Muslim ladies and kids amid the collective mobs of 1947. His endeavours likewise helped in the mass migration from Mokama to Patna.
The man passed on in 1984 subsequent to resigning from taxpayer driven organization.
The establishment stone of the Shaheed Smarak was laid on 15 August 1947, by the legislative head of Bihar, Mr Jairam Das Daulatram. The stone carver, Deviprasad Roychoudhury, assembled the bronze statue of the seven understudies with the national banner. The statues were initially thrown in Italy and later set in Patna.
In spite of the fact that the seven saints got their due, it is profoundly disheartening that the adolescent who took a chance with his life and even invested energy in prison for raising the banner was never perceived.
However, at this point you know his story, remember to pay him your regards when you run over the Shaheed Smarak. Patna’s yesteryear people weren’t excessively a long way from reality when they said that the eighth statue was absent!