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PM Modi talks about Chauri Chaura incident, which instilled fear in British Raj

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: As one of the crucial events of independent India’s history, Chauri Chaura completes 100-years, today, remembering the bravery of our freedom fighters Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that the fire was not just in that police station but also in the hearts of people.

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“Incident of Chauri Chaura was not limited to a police station being set on fire. Message of the incident was huge. Due to various reasons, it was treated as minor incident, but we should see it in context. The fire was not just in the station but in the hearts of people,” the Modi said during the virtual inauguration of the ‘Chauri Chaura’ centenary celebrations. Accompanied by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, Modi also released a postage stamp to mark 100 years of the episode.

The incident that shook the British empire, had taken place in the Gorakhpur district of Uttar Pradesh on February 4, 1922, when a crowd of the Non-Cooperation Movement clashed with Police personnel who opened fire.

The protestors in retaliation set fire to the Chauri Chaura police post in which 23 police personnel were killed. The killing of the cops led to arrests of numerous demonstrators with 228 put on trial, 172 of them ordered to be executed, while six of them died during the trial and others were sentenced to long-term imprisonments.

PM Modi also said that the martyrs of Chauri Chaura had not been talked about as much as they should have been, “Although, they have not been given significance in pages of history but their blood is in the soil of the country and keeps inspiring us.”

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Meanwhile, talking about the agriculture sector, Modi said that farmers had been behind the country’s progress and they had also played an important role in the Chauri Chaura struggle. “The Center has undertaken several steps in the past 6 years to make farmers ‘Atmanirbhar’ and due to this, the agriculture sector continued to grow despite the prevailing coronavirus disease (Covid-19),” he said.

Before concluding his speech, Modi also announced that 1,000 more mandis would be linked to the National Agriculture Market (e-NAM) in order to make mandis more profitable for the farmers.

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