Man who spied on British police for freedom fighters dies at 107 in Bengal

Wednesday 08th January 2020 06:32 EST

Centenarian Bhim Chandra Jana, who used to spy on the police in the British Raj under the garb of running a tailoring shop during the freedom movement, died at his ancestral home at Sasati village in Howrah district on January 3, Friday. Family members said Jana had a code name, ‘Nanu.’ He was 107 and left behind 12 children, 35 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. His wife had died about eight years ago in 2012. “My grandfather used to spy on the police for freedom fighters during the Swadeshi movement and had been to jail at least thrice between 1930 and 1931. He was only 17 when he went to jail for the first time,” said Arindam Jana, 30, one of the grandsons. He was also a practising homoeopath and known for his skills in delivering babies, the family said. In 1972, Jana was awarded the Tamra Patra (a copper plaque given to freedom fighters by the Centre) when Indira Gandhi was the Prime Minister of India. He also used to get freedom fighter’s pension from the government.

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