The last of the revolutionaries who took part in the Chittagong armed uprising, Benod Behari Chowdhury, died at the city hospital after a multi-organ failure late on Wednesday evening. He was 102.
The revolutionary used to live in Chittagong in Bangladesh and was brought here in January for treatment as he was suffering from respiratory problems.
“We will be taking his body to Bangladesh. The formalities are going on,” K.M. Zahir, Press Secretary to the Bangladesh High Commission in Kolkata, said on Thursday. ”His death is an irreparable loss for both India and Bangladesh,” Mr. Chowdhury’s grandson Somsubhra told The Hindu over telephone from his residence in Barasat in the State’s North 24 Parganas district.
Benod Behari Chowdhury insisted that the armoury raid at Chittagong on April 18, 1930 be referred to as a “youth revolt” and used to talk at length to his grandson about the uprising. He was 19-year-old when he sustained bullet injuries when British forces attacked those involved in the raid at Jalalabad.