Birthday – 07 October – Durgavati Devi
Durgavati Devi (Durga Bhabhi) was a freedom fighter. She was one of the few women revolutionaries who took an active participation in armed revolution against the ruling British Raj. She is best known for having accompanied Bhagat Singh on the train journey in which he made his escape in disguise after the Saunders killing, Since she was wife of another HSRA member Bhagwati Charan Vohra, other members of HSRA referred her as ‘Bhabhi’ (elder brother’s wife) and became popular as “Durga Bhabhi”.
After Bhagat Singh surrendered himself for the 1929 Assembly bomb throwing incident, Devi attempted to assassinate Lord Hailey; he escaped, but many of his associates died. She was caught by the police and imprisoned for three years. She had also sold her ornaments worth Rs. 3,000 to rescue Bhagat Singh and his comrades under trial.
Devi, along with her husband, helped Vimal Prasad Jain, a HSRA member, in running a bomb factory named ‘Himalayan Toilets’ at Qutub Road, Delhi. In this factory, they handled picric acid, nitroglycerine and fulminate of mercury.