Freedom fighter Gurang dies at 98: The Tribune India

Tribune press service

Dharamsala, January 23

Charan Singh Gurang, who was among two surviving freedom fighters in Kangra, died on Saturday. He was cremated with state honors here today. BJP MP for Dharamsala, Vishal Nehria and district administration officials paid last respects to the revolutionary.

Gurang (98) was part of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s Azad Hind army. He lived in the Khaniara district of the city of Dharamsala.

Gurang, in a recent interview with The Tribune, said he was satisfied with the facilities granted to him by the government. He said he was proud to be part of the Indian freedom struggle.

Charan Singh Gurang had first joined the British Army. After Netaji Subhas Chander Bose announced the formation of the Azad Hind Army to fight the British in 1942, he joined Netaji’s force. He was arrested by the British after World War II and was kept in prison for eight months. After his release, he returned home but continued to participate in liberation movements in the region.

After independence, Gurang joined the army. He retired as a senior clerk from Subedar in 1975. After his retirement, he came to Khaniara and continued to cultivate his ancestral land here. He was involved in social activities and also held the position of Vice President of the Gorkha Association of Dharamsala. —

Thelma J. Longworth