Scores of people gathered outside the central jail premises here today to pay their tributes to Khudiram Bose, the youngest freedom fighter to face the gallows, on his 108th death anniversary.
A two-minute silence was observed at 4:02 AM sharp, the time when Bose was executed in 1908 at the age of 18 for throwing bombs at the carriage of Kingsford, the then magistrate of Muzaffarpur.
District officials, city MLA Suresh Sharma, three persons from Bose’s ancestral village in Habibpur in West Midnapore district of West Bengal and hundreds others took part in the event.
Sharma, Tirhut Divisional Commissioner Atul Yadav, District Magistrate Dharmendra Singh and others later garlanded a statue of the revolutionary at the Khudiram Bose Memorial in Companybagh where Bose had executed the daring act, along with Prafulla Chaki.
Sharma demanded that a chapter on the life history of Bose be included in the state board syllabus so that the new generation knows about his “inspiring” story.
“I will submit a proposal to Bihar Legislative Council Chairman Awadhesh Narain Singh in this regard… People should know about the revolutionaries who laid down their lives for the freedom of our country. This will instill a sense of nationalism in them,” he said.
Sharma also demanded setting up of a community centre named after Bose and development of the spots that have historical relevance.
Meanwhile, Nagrik Morcha, a local outfit, staged a demonstration at the Muzaffarpur railway junction pressing their demand of renaming the station after Bose. They also demanded renaming of Mokama railway station after Chaki.
At Mokama Ghat railway station, Chaki shot himself to dead to avoid being arrested a few days after the bombing.
Scores of people also paid tributes to the revolutionary on the riverbank of Budhi Gandak where Bose was cremated.