Shahid Bhagat Singh died at the age of just 23, and everybody looks upon Bhagat Singh as an idol but there are other Indian freedom fighters who also died at an early age, they never got attention and recognization like Bhagat Singh did. What can be the reason ? Maybe Bhagat Singh story was inspirational ? Or nobody cares enough to find out or write on the other freedom fighters.
According to historians about 200 freedom fighters were executed by the Britishers, but their story remained unsung. Here is the list of all the young freedom fighters who also died for their motherland.
Khudiram Bose was just 18 years, 8 months and 8 days old when he died for Indian Independence. He was born in Paschim Medinipur district of West Bengal. At the age of 16, he planted bombs near police stations targeting government officials. He was also charged with The Muzaffarpur killing in which he targeted Kingsford. Later he was caught and after trial, he was hanged on 11th of August 1908. The English newspaper, The Statesman, wrote about him :
“The Railway station was crowded to see the boy. A mere boy of 18 or 19 years old, who looked quite determined. He came out of a first-class compartment and walked all the way to the phaeton, kept for him outside, like a cheerful boy who knows no anxiety…..on taking his seat the boy lustily cried ‘Vandemataram’.
Badal Gupta was born in Munshiganj District, now in Bangladesh. He joined Bengal Volunteers and he became famous for Writers’ Building Attack of 1930. He along with his friend Benoy Basu and Dinesh Gupta entered the building. They shot Police Colonel N.S. Simpson, who was famous for torturing prisoners in the jail. After killing Colonel, a gun battle followed and they were outnumbered. Unwilling to get arrested Badal took potassium cyanide and died instantly. Dalhousie Square was renamed asB.B.D. Bagh in honor of Benoy Basu, Badal Gupta, and Dinesh Gupta. Badal was just 20 years old, other young Indian freedom fighter who died at an early age along Bhagat Singh.
Kartar Singh Sarabha
He was born in Ludhiana, Punjab into a Sikh family and he was famous for carrying out the Ghadar Mutiny. The Ghadar Mutiny aimed to overthrow British with the support from foreign countries. Kirpal Singh an informer of British in Ghadar party passed the information which failed the mutiny. Kartar Singh was asked to run away but he refused. After the trial, he along with rest of revolutionaries was sentenced to death. He was hanged in the Central Jail of Lahore on 16th November 1915. Kartar Singh Sarabha was an idol for Bhagat Singh and he was just 19 years old when he died.
Dinesh Gupta was born Munshiganj District, now in Bangladesh and during his college life he joined Bengal Volunteers, organized by Subhas Chandra Bose. He was a friend of Badal Gupta and Benoy Basu. During the attack of Writers’ Building when they were outnumbered, Dinesh shot himself with his own revolver. However, he survived the injury and later on he was sentenced to death. He was hanged on 7th July 1931 at the age of just 19 years.
He was a Sindhi and born in Sukkur, now in Pakistan. He joined Gandhi’s Quit India Movement and was involved in raids and burning of vehicles belonging to British Government. Hemu and his friends tried to derail the train by removing the fishplate. He and his friends lacked necessary tools so they used the rope to lose the fixing. He was caught and tortured but he didn’t reveal the names of his friends. He was put on trial and he was hanged on 21 January 1943 and at that time he was just 19 years old.