Prafulla suicides to avoid police capture
Last updated: 10 October 2017 From the section Khudiram Basu
Later that evening Prafulla came to Samastipur where he was given shelter in the house of Triguna Charan Ghosh, a railway employee. Triguna made the necessary arrangements for his return journey to Calcutta. Prafulla took an inter class ticket for Mokamah Ghat. By now, he had purchased a new pair of shoes and a new set of clothes. By doing so, he had mistaken how these new items would attract people's attention. A Bengali daroga (Sub-Inspector), Nandalal Banerjee, was off-duty and travelling to join his service at Singhbum (in present-day Indian state of Jharkhand). Nandalal was a cunning officer. He quickly sensed that the Bengali boy was a bit suspicious. He engaged Prafulla in conversation in Bengali. Unable to gauze the friendly advances of Nandalal, Prafulla became uncomfortable. This strengthened Nandalal's suspicion that his boy could be one of the men police were frantically searching for. He sent an urgent telegram to the police office of Muzaffarpur. The police was ready to arrest Prafulla in the next station at Mokamah. After the train reached Mokamah, Nanadalal Banerjee signalled to the policemen and before Prafulla could do anything the policemen caught him. A visibly shocked Prafulla shouted at the traitor Nandalal - "You are yourself a Bengali, still you get a Bengali caught like this!".
The ignorant of this world, the boy (Prafulla) did not know that people like Nandalal do not belong to any nation. They are different. They are not Bengali, Indian or any other nation. They are only serving 'Vibhishan' (traitors).
Bhupendra Kishore Ray,
Prafulla was a young man of extraordinary physical strength. He pushed aside a policeman, freed himself and ran hard. Two constables followed him. Now, Prafulla fired. But they had cornered Prafulla and tried to seize him. Realising that he could not get away, Prafulla committed suicide by shooting himself twice in the head with his own revolver to avoid getting arrested by the British Indian police.
He [Prafulla] thus became "the first martyr of Bengal" and it happened at 4pm in the evening of 1 May 1908. He kept the promise of not getting arrested by the enemy's police, much to the chagrin of the colonial police force. In the discussion with Nandalal Banerjee, Prafulla Chaki had mentioned his name as Dinesh Chandra Ray. The insensitive police force of colonial government did not hesitate to remove the head of "Dinesh" (Prafulla), pour it in spirit and send it to the Calcutta Police for identification. In a couple of days it was confirmed that 'Dinesh' was none other than Prafulla Kumar Chaki of Rangapur.