Pritilata Waddedar
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Pritilata Waddedar known as Rani and born in Chittagong

Pritilata Waddedar

Pritilata Waddedar (May 5, 1911 – September 23, 1932) also known as Rani and born in Chittagong, Bangladesh in a middle class Vaidya Brahmin family. She was a revolutionary nationalist from Bengal, India. This meritorious student completed her education in Dhaka and Chittagong and Bethune College in Kolkata and graduated with Pritilata Waddedardistinction in Philosophy. She is known well for the Pahartali European Club attack in 1932. Young and courageous, Pritilata always worked zealously and was strongly determined to drive out the British from the country. Accordingly she joined the Indian Independence movement.

Pritilata Waddedar worked as a school teacher for a brief period and later joint the Surya Sen headed revolutionary group. Surya Sen had heard a lot about her and allowed her to be part of the revolutionary group, because if women transported weapons they wouldn’t attract suspicion as in the case of men. In the attack on the Pahartali European Club in 1932, she led a team in which there were 15 revolutionaries. The club had put up a sign board that read as ‘Dogs and Indians not allowed’. The club was torched by the revolutionaries but the British police caught them later. She consumed potassium cyanide and committed suicide to avoid being arrested.

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