Great Personalities of India

Ullaskar Dutta a freedom fighter tortured in Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Ullaskar Dutta An attractive personality with an optimistic outlook, Ullaskar Dutta is one of the precious men of the Indian freedom movement.

He was a revolutionary, who did not hesitate to express his extreme dissatisfaction with British rule.

His determination inspired many young people of his time to join the struggle for freedom and contribute to the liberation of India.

Ullaskar Dutta Information

  • Name: Ullaskar Dutta
  • Date of Birth: 16th April 1885
  • Birth Place: Brahmanbaria District, Bangladesh
  • Education: University of London, Presidency University, University of Calcutta
  • Father: Dwijadas Dutta
  • Date of Death: 17th May 1965
  • Death Place: Kolkata

History of Ullaskar Dutta

He was born in the district of Brahmanbaria (Bangladesh) on April 16, 1885. He was originally from the village of Kalikaccha.

He learned the values proposed by Raja Ram Mohan Roy. His father, Dwijadas Dutta, was a follower of Brahmo Samaj and had graduated from the University of London.

Ullaskar Dutta passed the entrance examination in 1903 and entered the College of the Presidency in Calcutta.

It was the time when British citizens living in India did not respect any Indian community and could speak contemptuously without fear of being prosecuted for the same reason.

Now, one of the British professors named Professor Russell has issued some offensive comments about the Bengali community.

Ullaskar Dutta could not keep calm before this insult and ended up attacking the professor. As a result, he was suspended from the College of the Presidency.

Ullaskar Dutta was Extremely tortured in Andaman And Nicobar Islands

He participated actively in the activities of the party of Jugantar. He learned the technique of making bombs and one of the bombs created by him was used in a great assassination attempt.

On April 30, 1908, two revolutionaries, Prafulla Chaki and Khudiram Bose, attempted to assassinate Judge Kingsford by dropping a bomb on his car. It was known that the latter gave extremely rigorous sentences to freedom fighters of India.

Unfortunately, the revolutionaries could not hit the good car and the bomb hit another. He fatally wounded two British women, who were relatives of the lawyer Pringle Kennedy.

Along with other members of his party, such as Khudiram and Barindra Ghosh, Ullaskar Dutta was also arrested and sentenced to death.

The hanging should be done in 1909 but was discarded after the call. They gave him the transport for life and as a result, they sent him to the Cellular jail of Andaman to be imprisoned in the cell prison.

He had a very difficult time during his imprisonment. The colonial authorities inflicted tortuous deals on this noble revolutionary.

Due to immeasurable torture, he lost his mental health. Despite the abuse, he tried to keep the minds of his fellow-men by telling funny tales and jokes. He achieved freedom in 1920, and shortly after he returned to Calcutta.

In His Last Days of Life

After being arrested again in 1931, Ullaskar Dutta was sent to prison for 18 months. The colonial government ended in 1947, and only then did he return to his hometown of Kalikaccha.

He arrived in Calcutta in 1957 and got married. He moved to Silchar (Assam) and remained there until his death on May 17, 1965.

As a tribute, the state governments of Kolkata and Silchar named two streets in his name. This courageous revolutionary also wrote two books:

  • Amar Karajiban (My Life in Prison) which was translated into English (Twelve years in prison life)
  • Dwipantarer Katha (The Tale of Deportation)
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