Balasrore, Sept, 10 (LocalWire): There are certain facts related to freedom fighter Bagha Jatin, that still remains a mystery even though his 104 death anniversary is observed by the people of Odisha and Bengal in particular today.
This was observed by a core committee member of Bagha Jatin memorial, Subasini Jena, while addressing a gathering held here on the occasion of martyr’s day of Jatin.
‘There are many facts pertaining to great freedom fighter Bagha Jatin that is still shrouded in mystery like after his death how was his body disposed of and where? It was not handed over to his family members.
Where are the seized pistols from him and his associates? These questions still remains unsolved even after a century of his death,’ Jena said, adding that these pertinent questions were faced by Jayshree Bhattacharya while making a documentary film on Bagha Jatin.
Quoting Bhattacharya’s observations, Jena said, ‘Government-level efforts should be made for more research on Bagha Jatin and let out the facts.’
Who is Bagha Jatin?
Jatindra Nath Mukherjee, born in 1879 at Kayagram village of Kushtia district of East Bengal (now Bangladesh) became Bagha Jatin after he killed a Royal Bengal tiger with a Khukri (a sharp knife).
With a strong sense of self respect and national pride, he joined the national movement to free India from British Raj.
He and four of his associates had a fierce gun fight with British police near Chashakhand about 10 kms from Balasore town where he received bullet injuries.
With severe wounds while he was captured by the British police and admitted to the headquarter hospital (now Barabati Girls high school), he succumbed to his injuries refusing to undergo British medical care.
History says the four others, Chittapriya Raychaudhary died in the encounter, two others Manoranjan Sengupta and Birendranath Seugupta, were hanged in Balasore jail and Jyotish was sent to Cellular jail, Andaman.
Baghajatin and his aides were hiding In Kaptipada jungle (Mayurbhanj district) to evade British arrest, before the arm battle was fought in Chasakhand.
They were waiting for a huge consignment of arms, 100,000 rifles and 6,000 pistols, to arrive at Balasore coast for an armed rebellion. The consignment never arrived and they were chased by a police team headed by Charles A Teggart.
Bagha Jatin died on Sept 10, 1915 and each year rich tributes are paid by the people of Balasore.
Rakta Tirtha Yatris from Bengal come here and visit the places associated with the freedom fighters and pay their tributes.
They visit Barabati Girls’ high school, Chasakhand and Balasore jail.
This year, too, 24 Rakta Tirtha Yatirs came to Balasore from West Bengal.
Seven others from All India freedom fighters’ association also came to pay homage to Jatin and others.
Prabal Mukharjee and Rajib Banarjee, the president and secretary of West Bengal memorial committee, who came to Balasore along with Rakta Tirtha Yatris, observed, ‘Yes, there are certain facts associated with Jatin that are still not known as no records are found in any police stations or collectorates.’
During a meeting at Barabati Girls’ High school today, the Union minister of State for animal husbandry, dairy and fisheries and micro, small and medium enterprises, Pratap Chandra Sarangi, said several freedom fighters laid down their lives and made supreme sacrifices to free the motherland from the British.
A handful of Britishers could rule India for over 200 years due to traitors.
However, the sacrifices of freedom fighters should never be forgotten and the young generation should follow their footprints and realize their value.
Ex minister Ananta Das and committee members, including Sarat Dash, Haren Rana, Sujit Dev, the district culture officer, Manaswani Rout and the district information and public relations officer, Subash Nihal, were also among others who spoke on the occasion.