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Chhotabhai Patel

Kheda (Nadiad), Gujarat

June 21, 2024 to June 21, 2026

Chhotabhai Patel was born on 1 April 1908, in Dhunadara, Kaira district, Gujarat and was the son of Becharbhai Patel, a farmer. His life was marked by a steadfast commitment to India's freedom struggle during the tumultuous years of British colonial rule.

Chhotabhai played a significant role in the Quit India Movement of 1942, a pivotal moment in India's fight for independence. This movement, initiated by Mahatma Gandhi, aimed at demanding an end to British rule and achieving complete self-governance for India. Patel, along with countless others, bravely participated in protests and civil disobedience activities despite knowing the risks involved.

Chhotabhai’s involvement in the Quit India Movement led to a fatal encounter. On 18 August 1942, at Dakor village, he was shot and killed by the police. His death was a stark reminder of the brutality and sacrifices endured by many freedom fighters during India's struggle for independence.

Chhotabhai’s life exemplifies the courage and unwavering dedication of ordinary Indians who dared to challenge an oppressive regime for the greater cause of freedom. His sacrifice remains etched in the annals of India's history, symbolizing the price paid by individuals who fought relentlessly for the nation's liberation.

Details mentioned in ‘Who’s Who of Indian Martyrs’, Volume I, published by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Govt. of India

Source: Tajveer Singh, Contributor for CCRT.