Gandhiji’s companion dies at 103

Veteran freedom fighter and Gandhiji`s companion during his anti-riots fast at Beliaghata here in 1947, Pushpa Ranjan Chatterjee, died.

Kolkata: Veteran freedom fighter and
Gandhiji`s companion during his anti-riots fast at Beliaghata
here in 1947, Pushpa Ranjan Chatterjee, died today at his
Nabagram residence in Hooghly district, his family said.

He was 103 and is survived by his sons and grandchildren.
Born at Madarihat in Bangladesh on November nine, 1909,
Chatterjee was awarded the `Senior Citizen Award` by the
Ministry of Social justice in 2009. He was the second Bengali
to receive the award after eminent author Mahasweta Devi from
the then Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi.

As a member of the Anushilan Party, which believed in
armed uprising against British Raj, he was one of those who
had planned to loot the treasury at Madarihat but failed. He
was attracted to revolutionary ideas of Pannalal Dasgupta and
started working for rural development.
Later, he was drawn to Gandhiji’s ideals that took him to
Bapu`s historic Salt Movement. He also joined Quit India
movement and was put behind the bars. He passed his BA from
jail.

Chatterjee also joined Gandhiji as he went on fast at
Beliaghata at the time of Independence in 1947.

After the Partition, he, along with some of his friends,
developed a refugee colony Nabapalli at Barasat in 1948 and
started Satya Bharati school. The Co-operative Bank he
started under Satya Bharati apart from other social services
is now successful Nabapalli Co-Operative Bank.

PTI

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