Revolutionary woman freedom fighter passes away

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Tamluk, Apr 24: A woman, who in her lifetime created quite a revolution during our freedom movement, failed to evoke even a slight stir among Indian hearts when she passed away last night.

Kumudini Dakua (87) gallantly fought for our freedom and helped establish the independant Tamralipta government, defying the British Rule in India.

A legendary hero during her lifetime, Dakua led the Bhogini Sena, an all-women's military wing of the Tamralipta government.

She was long suffering from old-age and passed away at the B C Roy Hospital at Haldia.

Kamudini was a trusted lieutenant of Ajoy Mukherjee, Sarbadhinayak of Independent Tamralipta Government. She was a close associate of Susil Dhara(99), commander-in-chief of the Independent Government and commander of the men's army wing.

Tamralipta government was among four such independant governments that were established after the 1942 Quit India Movement in order to defy the British Government. However, this government exceeded its tenure far beyond the other three and was able to resist the British force from entering their territory. However, the government was later dissolved after Gandhiji requested them.

Armed with hand-made daggers, Bhogini Sena was successful in resisting the British officials and protecting the women from physical abuses fettered out by some of the officials during those days.

She took a valiant role on January 9, 1943, in protesting against the 600 British policemen, who cordoned off three villages of Mahisadal Thanas - Chandipur, Masuria and Dihimasuria, and gangraped 40 women in broad daylight.

She was later honored by the independant Indian Government for valour.

Until her death, she, along with her mentor Susil Dhara, was engaged in collecting data on the freedom movement in Tamluk.

Her body has been taken to her village Baroda in East Midnapur District early this morning, for the final rites and rituals.

UNI

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