Today marks the 77th death anniversary of Freedom Fighter Swahid Kushal Konwar.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal paid a floral tribute at the statue of the freedom fighter at Nehru Park today. Konwar had laid down his life for the freedom of the country. Kushal Konwar was the only martyr in the country who was hanged during the Quit India Movement of 1942.
The Assam CM mentioned in a Tweet that he also interacted with freedom fighter Krishna Lahkar on the occasion. In 2018, the state government started the Swahid Kushal Konwar Sarbajanin Bridha Pension Achoni Scheme, to cater to the senior citizens of the State through the grant of pensions. A total of Rs. 400 crores have been allocated for the scheme.
According to a report by the PTI, historical sources suggest Konwar was implicated in an October 10, 1942 incident when a train carrying British soldiers derailed at Sarupathar railway station in the Golaghat district of the state killing one thousand soldiers. The martyr, who was highly influenced by Mahatma Gandhi as a student, was hanged to death on the dawn of June 15, 1943, at 3.30 am at age 38.