He used his handicap to hoodwink the British policeHe was born at Shobhana village in Khulna district (now in Bangladesh) in February, 1890. His father's name was Keshab Chandra Bose. He came to Calcutta to earn bread for his family. He used to work at various presses and newspapers for his living in Kolkata and Howrah.
He was handicapped. He did not have the palm of his right hand since birth. He was physically very weak. But his handicap and poor health could not diminish his patriotic zeal. Deeply affected by the partition of Bengal by Lord Curzon, he joined Jugantar, a famous revolutionary group of Bengal.
Public Prosecutor Ashutosh Biswas was responsible for the conviction of many revolutionaries in the Muraripukur Bomb Case and some other false cases during the anti-partition movement. He was actively involved in collecting evidence and arranging witnesses to ensure punishment of many revolutionaries. This was beyond the call of his normal duty. He showed enthusiasm to serve his British masters in this way. The revolutionary groups decided to punish him. Ashutosh Biswas was awarded death sentence. And this feeble handicapped man of our story was entrusted to carry out the death sentence.
This "diminutive looking, sickly, thin-built teenager" who hardly attracted notice recced the places where the traitor used to frequent. He decided to kill him at the Alipur Police Court. This handicapped man started target practice with his left hand. On the particular day, he entered the court premises, tying the revolver to his crippled hand and covering it under a shawl. When Ashutosh Biswas arrived at the court with his security, the young man followed him until he got him within point-blank range. He reached just in front of Biswas and calmly pulled the trigger thrice. And then he courted arrest smilingly without any drama.
The heart-rendering torture by the British did not affect the strong moral of this weak and handicapped young man. Till the last day, he harassed the police detectives giving false names and addresses of his handlers. He refused to accept any professional help of lawyers in his defense.
The court proceedings ended on 22nd February, 1909, and the death sentence was pronounced on the following day. He insisted on its expedition at the earliest. The judgment was upheld by the High Court on March 2, 1909. He was hanged on 19th March, 1909, at Alipur Central Jail.
This weak young man who used his handicap to hoodwink the police had lived at Russa Road in Tollygunj area of Calcutta for twelve long years. After independence, the State Government re-christened the road in his name, but the people of Bengal have forgotten this diminutive young revolutionary, Charu Chandra Bose.