Babu Genu Said

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Shahid Babu Genu Said (Said)
BornYear 1908 (Date unknown)
Mahalunge Padwal, Ambegaon taluka, Pune district, Maharashtra, India, Pin 410515
Died12 December 1930(1930-12-12) (aged 22) Mumbai, India
NationalityIndian
Other namesBabu Genu
Known forIndian Independence Movement

Bābu Genu Said (Marathi: बाबू गेनू सैद) (Said) (1908 – 12 December 1930) was an Indian freedom fighter, a revolutionary.

Shahid Babu Genu Said was born in poor farmer family in Mahalunge Padwal, he was a worker in one of the cotton mills in Mumbai. He was an active participant in the protests, organized by Indian independence activists, against the import of foreign-made cloth.

On 12 December 1930, a cloth merchant named George Frazier of Manchester was moving loads of foreign-made cloth from his shop in old Hanuman galli in the Fort region to Mumbai Port. He was given police protection per his request. The activists begged not to move the truck, but the police forced the protesters aside and managed to get the truck moving. Near Bhaangwadi on Kalbadevi Road,Shahid Babu Genu stood in front of the truck, shouting praises for Mahatma Gandhi. The police officer ordered the driver to drive the truck over Shahid Babu Genu, but driver was Indian, he didn't and said "I am Indian and he is also Indian, So, we both are the brothers of each other, then how can I murdered my brother?". After that, the English police officer sat on the driver seat and drove the truck over Babu Genu and crushed him to death under the truck. This resulted in a huge wave of anger, strikes, and protests throughout Mumbai. [1]

The landmarks bearing Shahid Babu Genu's name include:

Shahid Babu Genu Road in South Delhi

The Corner across KEM hospital in Parel, Mumbai is named after Babu Genu, with his bust on display as Hutatma Babu Genu

Hutatma Babu Genu Ganpati in Budhwar Peth, Pune.

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  1. ^ "Diamond Maharashtra Sankritikosh (Marathi: डायमंड महाराष्ट्र संस्कृतीकोश)," Durga Dixit, Pune, India, Diamond Publications, 2009, ISBN 978-81-8483-080-4.

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