Beyond supreme sacrifice: But Bengal and entire India have almost forgotten him (Part-II)[Contd. from: Beyond supreme sacrifice: But Bengal and entire India have almost forgotten him (Part-I)]
Dinesh Gupta was hanged to death on 7th July, 1931. Entire Bengal was in grief. But on that day, in a semi-dark room of a dilapidated building of Calcutta, a court hearing was going on. The heads of Bengal Volunteers, Anushilan Samiti and Jugantar, the three top-most revolutionary organisations, were presiding over the court proceedings. After detailed deliberations, the verdict was announced. Justice Garlik, the judge who had announced the death penalty of Dinesh, was sentenced to death. And our hero was chosen to carry out the death sentence.
The extremely weak, bespectacled, almost silent young man of 22 from a traditional priest family, methodically recce-d the places where the condemned judge used to visit. He was ready for action. But, along with this plan, he prepared another brilliant but simple plan, which he had kept secret even to the leaders of the revolutionary groups.
On 27th July, 1931, exactly 20 days after the hanging of Dinesh Gupta, our hero carried out the death sentence of Justice Garlik shooting him from close-range. After finishing all the bullets, he calmly checked the body and when he was sure about the death of his target, he uttered 'Vande Mataram' and consumed Potassium cyanide pill. He made the supreme sacrifice for Mother India.
But the story doesn't end here. When the police searched his body, they found a piece of paper in which it was written (in Bengali): ''Get destroyed. This is the punishment for awarding death sentence to Dinesh Gupta. Sd/- Bimal Dasgupta".
When the revolutionary leaders read the news in next day's newspaper, they were astonished! But this young man was not Bimal Dasgupta! Bimal Dasgupta, who had killed District Magistrate of Midnapore Mr. Paddy in 1930, was in hiding at that time. Then they understood! The police knew the name of Bimal Dasgupta but they didn't know his identity. This selfless young man, even at the time of his death, secured the life of a fellow-revolutionary, a comrade.
Today, very unfortunately, even we, the Bengalis have forgotten this selfless, courageous son of Mother India, Kanailal Bhattacharya, who was born at Jainagar-Majilpur of present South 24 Parganas of West Bengal in 1909.