Kanaklata Barua

Kanaklata Barua (1926 – 1942) was a teenage Indian freedom fighter and martyr. She was from Assam. Kanaklata sacrificed her life during the Quit India Movement of 1942.


Kanaklata Barua was born on December 22, 1926 at Borangabari of Darrang district, Assam. Her father was Shri Krishna Kanta Barua and mother was Karneswari Barua. Her grandfather was famous hunter Ghana Kanta Barua. Her mother died when she was only 5 years old. She went to local school. But she dropped out after class III, just to take care of her younger siblings.

Kanaklata jumped into the Quit India Movement of 1942. She joined the Mrityu Bahini, a death squad formed to lead others. On September 20, 1942, Kanaklata was leading a procession of people marching towards the Gohpur police station. Their aim was to hoist the Indian tricolour at the station. But they faced resistance from the police force. When the mass insisted on going forward, police open fired at unarmed people. Kanaklata Barua succumbed to death from bullets fired by police. She died while holding Indian flag high. She was just 17.

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