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Gopal Krishnaji Patankar

Ratnagiri, Maharashtra

June 30, 2022

Gopal Krishnaji Patankar was born in c.1881. He was sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment in the Nasik Conspiracy case at Yeravda Central Prison. His father Krishnaji Hari Patankar was a native of Mouze Vada, Taluka Devgad, District Ratnagiri but resided at Miraj, Sangli District. Reacting to the arrest of his son, Krishnaji wrote a petition to The Private Secretary to His Excellency Governor of Bombay urging for his release due to the miseries of old age and poverty as well as challenges in supporting his wife and two children. He further stated that he takes full responsibility for his son’s good behavior. He had a hope that his son along with the political prisoners would be released on the ground of the political pardon on the grand occasion of the visit of King George V (1911). He received a disappointing reply in 1912, which states “Government see no reason to interfere”. Coincidently, with his petition, Narayan Damodar Savarkar filed a petition to enquire about his brother Vinayak Damodar Savarkar who was transported in connection with the Nasik Conspiracy case. Such petitions suggest how the families negotiated with the British Government for the release of their revolutionary family members. Gopal Krishnaji Patankar died on 11 Oct 1918 in Yeravda Central Jail, Poona.