Batukeshwar Dutt

Batukeshwar Dutt (November 18, 1910 – July 20, 1965) also known as B.K.Dutt, Mohan and Battu, was born in Oari, Purba Bardhaman West Bengal. He was part for the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association and Naujawan Bharat Sabha. He is well known in the Indian freedom struggle as a fighter and revolutionary in the early 1900s. On April 8, 1929, he along with Bhagat Singh, exploded some bombs in the New Delhi, Central Legislative Assembly. Both were arrested, then tried and put into prison for life. To protest against the way Indian political prisoners were badly abused, he initiated a historic hunger strike and in the process ensured to secure some rights for them.

Batukeshwar Dutt was also a member of the HSRA – Hindustan Socialist Republican Association where he also learned the skill of making bombs. He was deported to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and put into the Cellular Jail. Once he was released he contracted tuberculosis but jailed again for four years, for participating in Mahatma Gandhi’s Quit India Movement. Living in poverty and after a long illness he died at the AIIMS hospital in Delhi at the age of 54. He was cremated at Hussainiwala near Firozepur in Punjab, at the same place where his comrades Sukhdev, Rajguru and Bhagat Singh were also cremated many years before.