Early Life of Harigopal Bal
Harigopal Bal or Harigopal Baul was born in the village of Kanungopara in the district of Chittagong, Bengal, which is presently in Bangladesh. Pran Krishna Bal was his father. He was the younger brother of another renowned revolutionary named Lokenath Bal.
Revolutionary Activities of Harigopal Bal
Harigopal Bal joined the Indian revolutionaries and became a member of the Indian Republican Army. He participated in the Chittagong Armoury Raid on April 18, 1930. The armoury raid in Chittagong was one of the most astounding and valiant revolutionary endeavours in the history of the Indian freedom struggle that was devised by the youths of the region. The attack was conducted on 18th April 1930 to raid the armoury of police and auxiliary forces from the Chittagong in Bengal province during the rule of the British Empire in India. The Indian Republican Army was led by Masterda Surya Sen and other prominent members included Kalpana Dutta, Pritilata Waddedar, Anand Gupta, Jiban Ghoshal, Ananta Singh, Tarakeswar Dastidar, Harigopal Bal (Tegra), Ardhendu Dastidar, Sasanka Datta, Naresh Roy, Ambika Chakrobarty, Subodh Roy, Nirmal Sen, Lokenath Bal and Ganesh Ghosh.
After the failure of the raid, Harigopal Bal escaped. After 4 days he became injured in a gunfight while combating against the combined forces that comprised of the British police and the British Indian Army on Jalalabad Hill, near Chittagong on April 22, 1930. One of his associates, Jiban Ghoshal, also died in the gunfight.