(Last Updated on : 23-08-2013)
Basanta Kumar Biswas was an Indian freedom fighter
who made significant contribution to the Indian freedom struggle
movement against the British Raj. He was born on 6th February in the year 1895 and he was associated with the Jugantar
group who is said to have bombed the Viceroy's Parade, which later was referred as the 'Delhi
-Lahore Conspiracy'. Rash Behari Bose
and Amarendranath Chattopadhyaya were the two leaders of Jugantar who introduced Basanta Kumar Biswas into the revolutionary movement.
Basanta Kumar Biswas had exploded a bomb which was targeted at Lord Charles Hardinge on 23rd December, 1912. He was disguised as a lady during this activity, which later resulted in his arrest on 26th February in 1914, in Poragacha area of Nadia district
, West Bengal
. Biswas was said to have been performing the funeral rites of his father when he was arrested by the police. The court sentenced Biswas to imprisonment for life on 5th October since he was charged with bombing Charles Hardinge. However, an appeal was presented before the Lahore High Court as the government was quite keen for his death penalty. Finally, he was again proved guilty and was sentenced to death by the hanging.
Therefore, on 11th May, 1915, Biswas was hanged when he was just 20. The hanging occurred at Ambala Central Jail. Historical records claim that Basanta Kumar Biswas was amongst the youngest people who were executed or granted the death penalty during the Indian freedom movement, in the 20th century.