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India’s brave revolutionaries who were born, lived in Pune

pune Updated: Jul 12, 2017 16:55 IST
Shrinivas Deshpande
Shrinivas Deshpande
Hindustan Times, Pune

The Chaphekar Smarak Samiti restored the wada to its former glory.(HT PHOTO)

Chaphekar Wada is the residential home of the Chapekar Brothers. The four freedom fighters - Damodar Hari Chapekar, Balkrishna Hari Chapekar and Vasudev Hari Chapekar were hanged in Pune for killing British official Walter Charles Rand on June 22, 1897.

Till 1997, the wada’s condition was deteriorating. Then a Chaphekar Smarak Samiti was formed for the reconstruction of the wada. Construction and development was started and on April 2005, the wada was restored to its former glory.

Pimpri-Chinchwad municipal corporation and Chaphekar Smarak Samiti contributed to the reconstruction of the wada.The Chapekar brothers belonged to Poona in Maharashtra and under the influence of Lokmanya Tilak they engaged themselves in revolu­tionary activities.

On June 22, 1897, the three brothers set out to kill British officer Walter Charles Rand who had handled the plague in Pune in a very rude manner.A plan was drawn up, but because of a slight misunderstanding in the codes, another police officer Lt Charles Ayrest was shot by Balkrishna Chapekar.

However, Damodar Chapekar then shot Rand dead on Ganeshkhind road. Eventually, Damodar, his brothers and their friend Mahadev Ranade were caught and hanged. The third Chapekar brother, Vasudeva, then killed Ganesh Shankar Dravid, the man who helped the British arrest Damodar and Balkrishna.

The Chapekar brothers received little formal education, but in the company of freedom fighter they would hear kirtans, travel and witnessing darbar of great princes and meet eminent scholars; all sources of knowledge far more enriching than a few examinations passed in school.

Chapekar Smarak Samiti (CSS), a memorial to the brothers located adjacent to the Chapekar wada in Chinchwadgaon, is being built along with a museum on the revolutionaries.

Chaphekar Wada

What to see * Devghar made by Hari Chaphekar Father of Damodar Chaphekar

* Pictorial representation of the Life of the Chaphekar Brothers

* Swords used by various freedom fighters

* Guns used by freedom fighters

How to reach

* Chichwadgaon,Ram Mandir Ali.

* 2.5 km from Chinchwad Railway station

First Published: Jul 12, 2017 12:08 IST