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Shaheed Smritish

Smritish Bandopadhyay was born on October 1910. Grandson of Ashutosh Mukhopadhyay, Smritish studied in Uttarpara and Bhabanipore School, Calcutta. He joined independence movement in 1927 and took leading part in the organization of night schools, editing 'Gana Nayak' etc. A leader of Uttarpara Karmi Sangha, Smritish was sent to jail by the British for organizing student movement and leading farmers' agitation.

During Hindu Muslim riot of 1947 - Gandhiji called for movement against violence. Responding to Gandhiji's call, young Smritish went to Muslim Bastis, preaching Gandhiji's message of non-violence and tolerance.

Smritish Bandopadhyay was stabbed to death by an irate Muslim mob at the intersection of Park Street and Lower Circular Road on September 3' 1947, while preaching message of friendship, Hindu Muslim brotherhood and tolerance.

Smritish died at an young age of 37 years, within days of India attaining freedom. All through his life - Smritish fought for India's freedom. His dream of India's Independence became a reality - but he could not live to see the fruits of freedom.

 

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