Rajendra Nath Lahiri
Revolutionary Rajendra Lahiri.jpg
Born(1901-06-29)29 June 1901
Died17 December 1927(1927-12-17) (aged 26)
Cause of deathExecution by hanging
NationalityBritish Indian
EducationBanaras Hindu University
OccupationRevolutionary
OrganizationHindustan Republican Association
MovementIndian independence movement
Parent(s)

Rajendra Nath Lahiri (29 June 1901 — 17 December 1927), known simply as Rajendra Lahiri, was an Indian revolutionary, who was a mastermind behind the Kakori conspiracy and Dakshineshwar bombing. He was active member of Hindustan Republican Association aimed at ousting the British from India.[1]

Early life

Rajendra Lahiri was born on 29 June 1901 in the village of Lahiri Mohanpur in a brahmin family of Pabna District, Bengal Presidency (now in Bangladesh). His father, Kshitish Mohan Lahiri, owned a large estate there.[2][3]

Dakshineswar bomb incident

Lahiri took part in the Dakshineswar bombing incident and absconded. He went to Banaras and started studying. He was a M.A. student in Department of History, Banaras Hindu University when the revolutionary activities started in United Provinces (now Uttar Pradesh). He joined the Hindustan Republican Association along with some of his Bengali friends.[4]

Kakori conspiracy

He was Mastermind behind the Kakori train robbery on 8 August 1925. He was arrested and tried in the previous bomb case of Dakshineswar in Bengal and sent to jail for ten years rigorous imprisonment. When the legal proceedings started in Lucknow for the train robbery, he was also included in the Kakori conspiracy case and tried with several other revolutionaries.[5]

Death

He was found guilty after a long trial and was hanged in the Gonda district jail on 17 December 1927, two days before the scheduled date, along with Thakur Roshan Singh, Ashfaq Ullah and Ram Prasad Bismil.[6]

References

  1. ^ Engineer, Asghar Ali (2006). They Too Fought for India's Freedom: The Role of Minorities. Hope India Publications. ISBN 978-81-7871-091-4.
  2. ^ "Some Prominent Martyrs of India's Freedom Struggle". All India Congress Committee. Archived from the original on 29 March 2009. Retrieved 18 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Official Website of West Bengal Correctional Services, India – Martyrs for India's Freedom". wbcorrectionalservices.gov.in. Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  4. ^ "Rajendra Lahiri Death Anniversary: अंग्रेजों ने दो दिन पहले क्यों दे थी फांसी". News18 हिंदी (in Hindi). 17 December 2021. Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  5. ^ "Remembering Rajendranath Lahiri, the Revolutionary Who Threw Away His 'Sacred' Thread". The Wire. Retrieved 25 February 2022.
  6. ^ "Rajendra Nath Lahiri Was Convicted in the Kakori Conspiracy Case And Was Hanged On December 17, 1927 – This Day in History". BYJUS. Retrieved 25 February 2022.