Report by Santanu Ghosh &Biswadip Nandy
Balurghat, 14 September :Responding to Mahatma Gandhi’s “Quit India” call, the freedom fighters of Balurghat had, on September 14, 1942, virtually freed Balurghat from the British rule and even succeeded in pulling down the British from the administrative buildings.
The Balurghat Day celebration committee celebrate the day as Balurghat Diwas every year to remember the day.
On behalf of the Balurghat Day Celebration Committee, wreaths were placed at the Shaheed Bedi of Dangi village at 8 am on this day. District Superintendent of Police Rahul Dey hoisted the national flag at Dangi.
Then at 10 in the morning the national flag was hoisted at Balurghat administrative building premises by the District magistrate Bijin Krishna. District Magistrate Bijin Krishna offered garlands at the martyr’s altar there.
Prominent people of Balurghat including Piyush Kanti Dev, Subhash Chaki, former minister Shankar Chakraborty, Biplab Khan and Chairman of Balurghat Municipality Ashok Mitra were present on behalf of the Balurghat Day Celebration Committee.
According to Samit Ghosh, a noted historian in Balurghat, “Prior to pulling down the British flag on all administrative buildings, the freedom fighters had set the registrar’s office, sub divisional judicial magistrate’s office and cooperative bank on fire. The freedom fighters also ransacked the post office.Following this , as part of the extended movement, the freedom fighters attacked the armed police force with bows and arrows at Parilahat in Tapan police station area. In retaliation, the police opened fire, resulting in the death of Adhar Burman, Atoa Oraon, Choutu Burman and Kekra Burman. Seventeen others sustained serious injuries.”