Mamata Pays Homage To Freedom Fighter Binoy-Badal-Dinesh

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Kolkata: West bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday paid homage to freedom fighter Binoy-Badal-Dinesh.

“On this day in 1930, the historic trio Binay, Badal and Dinesh stormed the Writers’ Building. Badal Gupta attained martyrdom on the very day itself. Their heroism will be remembered by generations to come. My respectful homage to them” Mamata Banerjee tweeted.

On 8 December 1930, Dinesh along with Benoy Basu and Badal Gupta, dressed in European costume, entered the Writers’ Building and shot dead Simpson.British police started firing. What ensued was a brief gunfight between the 3 young revolutionaries and the police.Some other officers like Twynam, Prentice and Nelson suffered injuries during the shooting.

Soon police overpowered them. However, the three did not wish to be arrested. Badal Gupta took Potassium cyanide, while Benoy and Dinesh shot themselves with their own revolvers. Benoy was taken to the hospital where he died on 13 December 1930.

However, Dinesh survived the near-fatal injury. He was convicted and the verdict of the trial was death by hanging for anti-government activities and murder. While awaiting execution, Dinesh wrote a number of letters from his prison cell on the heroism of the revolutionaries and his belief in the greatness of self-sacrifice.

Dinesh Chandra Gupta was 19 when he was hanged on 7 July 1931 at Alipore Jail. Benoy, Badal, and Dinesh were treated as martyrs by supporters in Bengal and other parts of India. After independence, Dalhousie Square was named B.B.D. Bagh – after the Benoy-Badal-Dinesh trio.

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