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A sepoy of Revolution: AISF
Comrade Dhanwantri
5/26/2019 10:24:42 PM
Abid Hussain Wani
Early Times Report
Doda, May 26: Comrade Dhanwantri was one and only from J&K who actively participated in the Country's Independence Movement till India got independence from British Imperalism. He was one of the close associate of Shaheed Bhagat Singh.
Mukesh Parihar, leader of All India Students Federation (AISF) Jammu and Kashmir said "Comrade Dhanwantri was son of Sh.Durga Dutt Mahey ( Lt. Col in British Army) was born on 7 March 1902 in Kali Janni Jammu and died on 13th July, 1953 just at the age of 51 years. He passed its matriculation from SR High School Jammu and then joined Lahore College to study Ayurveda. While studying he joined the revolutionary movement and dedicated his life for the cause of Indians fir getting freedom from the British yoke".
Endowed with starling revolutionary qualities he soon became a close confident of Shaheed Bhagat Singh and was Co founder of Bharat Nav Jawan Sabha and Hindustan Socialist Republican Association (HSRA). He was arrested on 17 December 1929 when ASP Saunder was shot by Bhagat Singh. Released after month long interrogation and torture, he went undergone on 4 December 1930. He shot at the SP who was investigating the case against Bhagat Singh in Chandi Chowk Delhi. SP was grievously hurt but his associate was killed. Dhanwantri was apprehended after a hot chase and exchange of fire. Triled in famous Lahore Conspiracy and Delhi Conspiracy (Bombing of the train carrying ViceRoy) case along with top revolutionaries he was sentenced to ten years rigorous imprisonment in the Notorious Cellular prison in Andaman (Kala-Pani). To protest against logging of political prisoner in the Andaman jail meant for hardened criminals, Dhanwantri led a successful Hunger Strike for 61 days. The British Govt was forced to yield all political prisoners were repatriated to main land.
Parihar added that Comrade Dhanwantri was released in 1939 after undergoing 10 years rigorous imprisonment. He was rearrested due to outbreak of Second World and released only in 1947 when India got transfer of power. On returing to Jammu in 1947, he remained Political Advisor to First Prime Minister of J&K.
He suffered a imprisonment isolation and torture for more than 17 years in British Jails out of his total adult life of 34 years. Dhanwantri earned for J&K a place of pride in roll of honour of the legendary indian revolutionaries. He breathed his last on 13 July 1953 in his native place Jammu.
Only man from J&K who participated in independence movement of India along with Shaheed Bhagat Singh and Asfaqullah Khan. Britisher put him under Bars in KALA Pani till the India got Independence. Later he served as Political Advisor to PM of J&K.
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