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Revolutionary Binod Bihari passes away

Update : 11 Apr 2013, 04:48 PM


Revolutionary Binod Bihari Chowdhury, a leader of the then anti- British movement and a close associate of the celebrated revolutionary Mastarda Surya Sen, died in Kolkata last night.

He was 103.

The elderly revolutionary died at the Fortis Hospital in West Bengal state capital Kolkata in India at 9:40pm on Wednesday while undergoing treatment, family sources confirmed the news to BSS over telephone.

Binod Bihari is survived by two sons, huge number of admirers, relatives and well-wishers.

The body of veteran revolutionary will arrive at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 11:30am Friday by a Biman flight.

BSS reports deputy commissioner of Dhaka would receive the body on behalf of the government while the deputy commissioner of Chittagong was asked to arrange the ceremony for his cremation with state honour when the body would be carried to his hometown.

The body of legendary person will be kept at the Shaheed Minar from 2pm to 4pm to allow his admirers and well-wishers to pay their last tributes under the management of Sammilito Sangskritic Jote.

The body later will be carried to his birthplace Chittagong in the afternoon and  would be first taken to J M Sen Hall at 6pm for paying respect by his admirers.

From J M Sen Hall his body will be taken to Chittagong Shaheed Minar at 7pm to allow dwellers of his hometown to pay their last homage to the great leader.

His last religious rituals would be held at Bollar Dighi Avoymitra Mohashashan.

Bangladesh is to bid farewell amid state honour to Binod Bihari.

"I have received directives from the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to arrange his funeral with state honour," cabinet secretary Mosharaf Hossain Bhuiyan told BSS.

Acting President Abdul Hamid Advocate, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of the veteran revolutionary.

They issued separate massages in this regard.

In his Massage, the acting President recalled contribution of the revolutionary to the fight against British colonial rule and the youth movement led by Mastarda Surya Sen to arise people of the subcontinent against subjugation.

He also recalled the role of the life-long warrior in the language movement, War of Liberation in 1971 and struggle for democracy, social peace and progress.

In a message of condolence, the Prime Minister said Biplobi  Binodbihari was a symbol of valor and patriotism. He was an inspiration for people to stand against all evils and social injustice, she said.

While, Khaleda said Binod Bihari was respectable to all as an open-minded person.

“His immense contributions to the anti-British movement as a comrade of Mastarda Suryasen will remain there in history for ever,” she said.

Khaleda prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family members.

The veteran revolutionary was born on January 10, 1911 at Boalkhali's Uttarvurshi village in Chittagong. His 100th birthday was celebrated in a grand manner two years ago.

Binod Bihari lost his wife of 70 years, Biva Das, on December 29 in 2009, She had always supported him through the movements and at times when he was in prison.

He was the fifth child of his parents, lawyer Kamini Kumar Chowdhury and Roma Rani Chowdhury.

He passed the matriculation examinations from Saroatoli High School in 1929.

Two years earlier, he had joined the revolutionary organisation 'Jugantor' after coming in contact with Ramkrishna Biswas in school.

He passed the entrance examinations, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and Bachelor of Law in 1934, 1936 and 1939 respectively while was in jail.

Mastarda Surya Sen and his group of revolutionaries had traumatized the British through raiding the armoury of police and auxiliary forces on Apr 18, 1930, in Chittagong, now the Damparha Police Lines.

Sen was eventually arrested on February 16, 1933 and hanged on January 12, 1934 following a trial. His death subdued the anti-British movement briefly, but it eventually played a major role in the Indian independence movement.

Binod Bihari played the role of a leading vanguard in the movements to liberate Bengal and in realization of the rights on the post-independence Bangladesh.

He got involved with the Indian National Congress in 1939 and became the Assistant General Secretary of its Chittagong district committee. He was a member of the Bengal Provincial Congress' Executive Committee from 1940 to 1946. In 1946, Binod Bihari was elected the General Secretary of the Chittagong branch.

After the Partition of India in 1947, he was elected member of the then East Pakistan Provincial Assembly and carried out his duties until 1954.

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