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Unsung hero Matangini Hazra displayed at Chennai airport

Ministry of Civil Aviation

November 17, 2022

Heartiest congratulations on the occasion of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. In history, during this month, we remember Matangini Hazra, also known as ‘Gandhi Buri’, on her birth anniversary on 17th November.

Matangini Hazra was an Indian revolutionary who participated in the Indian independence movement until she was shot dead by the British Indian police in front of the Tamluk Police Station on 29 September 1942. She was affectionately known as Gandhi buri, Bengali for old lady Gandhi.

Matangini led one procession from the north of the criminal court building; even after the firing commenced, she continued to advance with the tri-colour flag, leaving all the volunteers behind. The police shot her three times. She continued marching despite wounds to the forehead and both hands.[5]As she was repeatedly shot, she kept chanting Vande Mataram, "hail to the Motherland". She died with the flag of the Indian National Congress held high and still flying. The parallel Tamluk government incited open rebellion by praising her "martyrdom for her country" and was able to function for two more years, until it was disbanded in 1944, at Gandhi's request.

At the age of the 73 years, she actively participated in ‘Quit India Movement’ and led a procession to seize Tamluk Police Station in West Bengal during which she got fatal injury.

With respect, we fondly remember her contribution in the freedom struggle.

Jai Hind!