Shivpujan Rai

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Shivpujan Rai
Born Shivpujan Rai
(1913-03-01)1 March 1913
Sherpur, Ghazipur, Uttar Pradesh, British India
Died 18 August 1942(1942-08-18) (aged 29)
Mohammadabad, Ghazipur, United Provinces, British India
Other names Doctor Sahib
Occupation Indian independence activists
Organization Indian National Congress
Known for Indian Independence movement

Dr. Shivpujan Rai was an Indian independence activist. During the 1942 Quit India Movement, under Rai's leadership a group of independence fighters hoisted the tricolor flag of India at Mohammadabad Tehsil. In doing so Shivpujan Rai, Rishishewar Rai, Vans Narayan Rai, Ram Badan Upadhyay, Raj Narayan Rai, Narayan Rai, Vashishtha Narain Rai and Bans Narain Rai sacrificed their life for India's independence on 18 August 1942. All of them are known as Ashta Shaheed (Eight Martyrs) of Sherpur.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Dr. Shivpujan Rai was born in a zamindar family in the year of 1913 in Sherpur village of Ghazipur district.[9]

Life as independence activist[edit]

Shivpujan Rai was elected as General Secretary of District Congress Committee in 1942.[10]

Martyrdom at Mohammadabad[edit]

During Quit India movement Dr. Shivpujan Rai led a group of young independence activists to tehsil head quarter at Mohammadabad and tried to hoist tricolour at tehsil building. He was warned by armed British officers but Shivpujan Rai moved forward with tricolour in hand. Tehsildar fired on him with his service revolver but the young freedom fighter didn't stop. After receiving five bullets in the chest he fell down and sacrificed his life in a very young age of 29 years.[11]

Legacy[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Freedom fighters of Ghazipur".
  2. ^ Ghazipur District Records; Chopra; P.N.:Quit India Movement of 1942, published in the Journal of Indian History, Trivendrum, 1971.
  3. ^ "The Indian Nation in 1942, Edited by Gyanendra Pandey, Digital Library of India".
  4. ^ "शहीद, जिन्हें इतिहास ने भुलाया Sahara Samay".
  5. ^ "संसद में छलका शेरपुर के लिए भरत सिंह का दर्द".
  6. ^ "Sherpur: big sacrifice, short memory, A report by P. Sainath".
  7. ^ "WHO'S WHO OF INDIAN MARTYRS VOL.I by P.N. Chopra".
  8. ^ "Special Covers on Martyrs".
  9. ^ Ghazipur ke Ranbankurey, by Pradhyapak Achal, Bhasha Bharati Press, 1962, Varanasi
  10. ^ Ghazipur District Records; Chopra; P.N.:Quit India Movement of 1942, published in the Journal of Indian History, Trivendrum, 1971.
  11. ^ "WHO'S WHO OF INDIAN MARTYRS VOL.I by P.N. Chopra".