Remembering Martyr Babu Genu on 1st January On His Birth Anniversary

Shahid Babu Genu a braveheart at the age of 22 years old sacrificed his life to fight against the Britishers. Remembering him today on his birth anniversary.

Born: 1 January 1908, Ambegaon taluka
Died: 12 December 1930, Mumbai

On 12 December 1930, a cloth merchant named George Frazier of Manchester was moving loads of foreign-made cloth from his shop in old Hanuman galli in the Fort region to Mumbai Port. He was given police protection per his request. The activists begged not to move the truck, but the police forced the protesters aside and managed to get the truck moving. Near Bhaangwadi on Kalbadevi Road,Shahid Babu Genu stood in front of the truck, shouting praises for Mahatma Gandhi.

The police officer ordered the driver to drive the truck over Shahid Babu Genu, but driver was Indian, he didn’t and said “I am Indian and he is also Indian, So, we both are the brothers of each other, then how can I murdered my brother?”. After that, the English police officer sat on the driver seat and drove the truck over Babu Genu and crushed him to death under the truck. This resulted in a huge wave of anger, strikes, and protests throughout Mumbai.

Shahid Babu Genu Said was born in poor farmer family in Mahalunge Padwal, he was a worker in one of the cotton mills in Mumbai. He was an active participant in the protests, organized by Indian independence activists, against the import of foreign-made cloth.

The Corner across KEM hospital in Parel, Mumbai is named after Babu Genu, with his bust on display as Hutatma Babu Genu.

The other landmarks bearing Shahid Babu Genu’s name include:

Babu Genu Ground in Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Babu Genu Said Wadi, in Mahalunge Padwal, Pune District, Maharashtra, India
Babu Genu Chowk, in Pune, Maharashtra, India
Shahid Babu Genu Road in South Delhi.

Article source: Wikipedia

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