Revolutionary and later CPI leader Ambika Chakrabarty passed away on this day. He was 70.
A member of the Chittagong Jugantar Party, Chakrabarty had participated in the Chittagong armoury raid led by Surya Sen on April 18, 1930. Chakrabarty was put in charge of destroying the communication system in Chittagong. On April 22, police surrounded the revolutionaries in Jalalabad hills.
Chakrabarty was injured in the gunfight that followed. He escaped, but was arrested a few months later and sentenced to death. The sentence was later transmuted to transportation for life to the Cellular Jail in Port Blair. After his release in 1946, Chakrabarty joined the Communist Party of India and was elected to the Bengal Provincial Legislative Assembly. He was elected to the state assembly as a CPI candidate.