JAIPUR: The erstwhile Kota state was beneath siege for 3 days by freedom fighters in protest towards the arrest of famend freedom fighter Rameshwar Dayal Saxena by the state police in the course of the Stop India Motion in 1942. Over 200 freedom fighters shut down the town demanding the discharge of Saxena who was near Mahatma Gandhi.
The untold story of Saxena documented by the Rajasthan State Archives Bikaner (RSAB) revealed the valour and braveness displayed by a graduate from Allahabad College. Not sufficient materials was out there on the actions led by Saxena in Kota till RSAB did an intensive analysis on the 220 freedom fighters together with him.

A poster from Bikaner archives giving information on Saxena

A poster from Bikaner archives giving info on Saxena

Saxena plunged into the liberty battle in 1937 after the Kota state launched a regulation making it obligatory for folks to take permission of police earlier than holding assemblies. Even when any individual was coming from exterior for collaborating within the freedom battle, he needed to take the permission from the native administration.
“The contemporary graduate discovered the regulation yet one more step to suppress the liberty battle. He began holding public conferences in Kota, Sangod and Bara defying it. He together with different famend leaders – Chappan Lal Chaturvedi, Mathuralal Meena and Ramgopal — have been despatched to the jail for a 12 months,” mentioned RSAb director Mahendra Khadgawat. The preliminary success in Kota had made the liberty fighters upbeat. They went to Delhi for a bigger position and met Mahatma Gandhi. “The briefed Gandhiji in regards to the freedom motion in Kota and different 21 Rajputana states. Gandhiji supported their motion of elevating their voice towards the Kota state. This gave them much-needed assist area within the regional freedom motion,” mentioned Khadgawat.
Narrating the unprecedented incident, he mentioned by the start of Stop India motion, all of them grew to become fashionable in Kota area. Through the motion, they got here to Kota to mobilise folks and have been arrested. “The transfer sparked a serious outrage amongst residents, which led to huge protests within the metropolis. The town was surrounded by gates and protestors locked the gates from inside. For subsequent three days, protestors didn’t budge to the strain and remained able to tackle police. On the third day, the imperial military marched within the metropolis and fired indiscriminately. After some hours, they have been profitable in opening the gates,” mentioned Khadgawat.



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