Forgotten martyr from Banka Bihar

A 17-year-old schoolboy from a sleepy village in Banka who, like Khudiram Bose, had sacrificed his life in police firing in front of the secretariat in Patna on August 11, 1942, during the Quit India Movement, has been relegated to the forgotten chapters of history.

“Satish Chandra Jha from Kharhara village, located 250km south of Patna, along with six other youths people had been on their way to host a Tricolour atop the secretariat in Patna.

Barahat block development officer Sashi Bhushan Sahu, prakhand pramukh Khusbu Kumari and former prakhand pramukh Rajesh Kumar, along with some local-level Congress workers, rushed to Dhaka More and garlanded the bust of Satish as a mere formality,” said a local shopkeeper at Dhaka More bus stand.

Maheshwari Jha, a relative of the martyr, said: “We use to host Tricolour on August 15 and January 26 at the statue of the martyr every year. But we have to arrange everything from our pockets, not a single official concerned bother even to ask us.”

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