Freedom fighter Sushil Dhara turns 100
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 02, 2010, 19:00
Mahisadal: Sushil Dhara, the founder of the erstwhile Tamralipta government which kept the British at bay for about two years (1942-44) in Midnapore, on Tuesday turned 100.

Union ministers -- Saugata Roy (urban development), Sisir Adhikary (rural development), Mukul Roy (shipping) and C M Jatua (information and broadcasting) -- visited Dhara at Peerless Bhavan here and paid floral tributes to the freedom fighter.

State's Fisheries Minister Kironmoy Nanda also visited him. Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee could not turn up due to his "preoccupations", East Midnapore district Congress sources said.

The Union ministers regretted the state government's "indifference" towards paying tribute to Dhara.

Dhara, born at Tikarampur village, had taken a lead role in launching anti-British movement in August, 1942 in undivided Midnapore that helped in the liberation of Tamralipta and formation of a free government on December 17, 1942. The Tamralipta government lasted till 1944.

The day was marked by taking out 'prabhat phery' (morning procession), marchpast by volunteers, bringing out of a souvenir and a pictorial exhibition on the freedom movement.

Dhara, who still reads newspapers every morning, however, is unable to move and mostly lies in bed, his close associates said.

Subhendu Adhikary, MP (Trinamool Congress), suggested that Haldia port be named after Satish Samanta, veteran freedom fighter and 'political guru' of Sushil Dhara.


First Published: Tuesday, March 02, 2010, 19:00

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