Keshari Ram Chandravanshi – The Legend of Pre Independence

Keshari Ram Chandravanshi – The Legend of Pre Independence

Keshari Ram Chandravanshi- The Legend of Pre Independence

Keshari Ram Chandravanshi of Bihar, who was crazy about independence, was killed by the British government in front of the house with bullets.

Despite being named in the revolutionary list in the then government documents, he was neither recognized nor given prestige as a freedom fighter in independent India.

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In the August Revolution of 1942, Kesari Ram Chandravanshi of Tandwa, Navinagar had shown amazing power.

It is a different matter that his memories remained limited to Gali Kuche of Tandwa.

Angad Kishor, who wrote the book on these, says that it is ironic that despite being named in the revolutionary list in the then government documents, neither he was recognized nor given prestige as a freedom fighter in independent India.

Keshari Ram Chandravanshi

On the call of Mahatma Gandhi, he was determined to sacrifice everything for the country.

Kesari, who had become a role model for warriors and revolutionaries, started knocking in the eyes of the British government. He was kept informed.

As a result, on 28 August 1942, a British officer shot him in front of his own house.

An incomplete memorial built in his memory reminds him and also tells that history is yet to be written about the martyrs.

The revolutionaries burnt the liquor furnace at Tandwa. He beat up his operator a lot and hoisted the tricolor at the Nabinagar police station by holding the inspector hostage.

In this case, the case of case number 5 dated August 21, 1942, registered at Navinagar Camp Police Station, was registered at Aurangabad police station on August 26, 1942.

In this incident, the main culprit Keshari Ram, his father Deni Ram, Abdul Ghafoor Mian – all residents of Tandwa, Ramgoolam Singh of village Khairi and patriot watchman Tapeshwar Dusadh, besides other unidentified 500 people involved in the incident were booked under sections 148, 307, 353. And section 379 IPC was imposed.

Sub Inspector Nath Singh of Navinagar police station camp was made the investigating officer of the case.

The charge sheet of this incident from the district was issued on 14 October 1942.  Whose case number was 440/42.

In the incident that took place on August 21, 1921, only 6 named FIRs were made accused and on October 14, 17 are named in the charge sheet issued from the district police headquarters.

Keshari Ram Chandravanshi

The seven persons who were arrested included Bal Keshwar Ram and Chhedi Ram Chandravanshi of Chandragarh, Dinanath Sao and Jibodhan Saundik of Tandwa, Balchand Dusad and Mahesh Singh of Basdiha and Tapeshwar Chowkidar of Khairi.

10 persons were declared absconding from British rule. In which the names of Keshari Ram of Tandwa and his father Deni Ram, Abdul Ghafoor and Kedar Sao, K Nathuni Hajam of Purahara and Balram Singh, Ramdev Singh, Kunwar Singh and Suba Singh of village Beni Ganjhar have been registered.

Keshari Ram Chandravanshi, who was absconding, was gunned down on August 28 on the information of the informer in front of his house. The matter was hidden for fear of rebellion. He died on 30 August amidst pain and treatment.

Was two months old at the time of martyrdom

The only child of Shaheed Kesari, Kismati Kunwar, is more than 80 years old. He remembers how fondly he used to narrate the story of his father’s heroism from his grandfather Deni Ram and uncle Ramvilas.

She says that when her father was martyred, she was a child of only two or three months. Now there are memories of the father and every day reverence is offered to his incomplete memorial.

Couldn’t even complete a monument

The nephew of this martyr, social worker Vijay Prasad (now late) satisfied the minister of Bihar government and the top officials of the district by collecting the real history of Kesari Ram.

After scrutiny of the documents, it was accepted that the injustice was done by mistake. Then Ramai Ram, the then Welfare Minister of the Government of Bihar, laid the foundation stone of the memorial at the martyr’s site in Tandwa on 10 April 1994, right in front of his own house.

Keshari Ram Chandravanshi

Girwar Pandey, the then Assistant Minister of State for Finance, Government of Bihar, and Suresh Paswan, the then State Secretary of the RJD, who later became MLA and Minister, were present.

The foundation stone laying ceremony was presided over by Aurangabad District Magistrate Deepak Kumar.

Even after 27 years, this memorial could not be completed, nor was Kismat Kunwar given the honor of a freedom fighter.

Extensive research needs

Angad Kishore, who wrote the book on Keshari Ram Chandravanshi, says that he was an anonymous martyr.

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AUTHORDeepa Chandravanshi

Deepa Chandravanshi is the founder of The Magadha Times & Chandravanshi. Deepa Chandravanshi is a writer, Social Activist & Political Commentator.


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