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Image above: Seven daring students wanted to fly the Indian National flag on the Patna Secretariat building. August, 1942. No compassion, they were shot dead by the police. No enquiry, no trial. During Quit India moment thousands were behind the bar without any trial. ..................
During the tumultuous quit India movement, eminent Gandhian Dr. Anugrah Narain was arrested when he daringly tried to unfurl the national flag in Patna. Being a well-known leader in this region, the people were in rage upon hearing his arrest by the government. A group of seven students, driven by patriotic zeal could not brook the nasty treatment meted out to a great leader like Dr. Narain. They made up their mind to do something which other students wont think of at that age. With firm commitments and guts, they tried to unfurl the national flag on the Patna Secretariat building - the very seat of British power. Without remorse all the seven were shot dead by the British police. Imagine how despotic the British were and how much greed they had to hang on to India to prosper their nation.
The foundation stone of Martyr's Memorial was laid on 15 August 1947, by the governor of Bihar, Mr. Jairam Das Daulatram. The sculptor Deviprasad Roychoudhury prepared the nice bronze statues of seven students with the national flag. which were statues were cast in Italy and later placed here.
Following are the martyrs, whose names are engraved on Martyr's Memorial.
Umakant Prasad Sinha(Raman Ji) - Ram Mohan Roy Seminary,class IX, Narendrapur.
Satish Prasad Jha - Patna Collegiate School, class X, Khadahara, Bhagalpur
Jagatpati Kumar - Bihar National College, 2nd year, Kharati, Aurangabad
Devipada Choudhry - Miller High English School, class IX, Silhat, Jamalpur
Rajendra Singh - Patna High English School, matric class, Banwari Chak, Saran
Ramgovind Singh - Punpun High English School, matric class IX, Dasharatha, Patna
In 1992 Reserve Bank of India issued an one Rupee commemorative coin to mark the Golden Jubilee of the Quit India Movement.