Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Kanailal Datta and Satyendra Nath Bose

Kanailal Datta
Kanailal Datta

After the failed attempt by Prafulla Kumar Chaki and Khudiram Bose to murder Kingsford at Muzaffarpore on 30 April 1908 that unfortunately resulted in the death of two innocent ladies, the police swung into action and rounded up as many as 41 suspects whom they had kept under watch so long for preparing to wage a war against the British Government. In course of the search the police seized seditious books and literature, explosives at different stages of manufacture, arms and ammunition, instruction manuals for manufacture of high-explosives etc. The search and arrests of May 1908 resulted in the Alipore Conspiracy Case with 38 persons as accused. These men had adopted the risky path to freedom, their ultimate goal was unfettered independence, but the immediate objective was punishment of those who had made themselves a nuisance by their conduct that had been detrimental to the interests of the nation. The evidence collected went to show that the accused who had entered into conspiracy to wage war against the King Emperor were for the most part men of education and strong religious convictions. They showed considerable enterprise, daring and determination in pursuit of their ideal. The accused were placed before the Magistrate in two batches for trial. The trial of the first batch started on 04 May 1908 and lasted up to 18 August 1908, and of the second from 14 October 1908 to 04 March 1909.