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Badal demands apology from the British for torturing Surya Sen

  • Published at 10:00 pm January 12th, 2019
Surya Sem
Masterda Surya Sen Collected

People from various walks of life paid tribute to Surya Sen on his 85th execution day

Executive President of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal Mainuddin Khan Badal has demanded an apology from the British for brutally torturing Surya Sen 85 years ago.

Badal also announced that he would place the demand in the Bangladesh parliament and write to the British government. 

Speaking as the chief guest at a program held at Chittagong's JM Sen Hall on the 85th execution day of Surya Sen, Badal said: "We want to know what was done to his mortal remains. We are not sure if he was buried or dumped in the sea. The British authorities, who taught us democracy, must come clean over his mortal remains." 

"In addition, we also want to know to what length was he tortured and executed. We demand an apology from the British for the brutal torture they inflicted on the great hero," Badal added.      

Different socio-cultural and political organizations of the port city on Saturday paid rich tributes to legendary hero Surya Sen on his 85th execution day, by placing floral wreaths on his bust at JM Sen Hall.

Leaders and activists of the Communist Party of Bangladesh, Socialist Party of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Students Union, Samajtantrik Chharta Front, Chittagong Association, and Surya Sen Memorial Library were among those to pay tribute.            

Born in Raozan of Chittagong on March 22, 1894, Surya Sen fought against British rule in India.  

It was Surya Sen who spearheaded the Chittagong Jubo Bidraha or Chittagong Youth Revolt.

Surya Sen, better known as Masterda, conducted a number of daring raids against the British government in Chittagong. 

On April 18, 1930, he along with his comrades looted the police armoury and established a resistance in the Jalalabad Hills of Chittagong.

Surya Sen was the first revolutionary to isolate Chittagong from the rest of the British Raj. Masterda was the first man to hoist a national flag in Chittagong. 

In the early hours of February 16, 1933, a Gurkha contingent arrested Surya Sen along with Kalpana Dutt, Shanti Chakrabarti,Sushil Das and Monilal Dutt from a hideout in Chittagong.

After a summary trial and torturous imprisonment, Masterda Surya Sen was executed at Chittagong Central Jail on January 12, 1934.