NEERA ARYA: An Unsung Warrior of INA, who let her “Breast” cut off to protect Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose!
Neera Arya was a veteran of the Indian National Army (INA). She was a soldier in the “Rani of Jhansi Regiment” of the Indian Army.
Her father Seth Chhajumal was a distinguished & eminent businessman. She had been a patriot since her childhood.
Her father got her married to an Investigation officer “Shrikant Jairanjan Das” in British India. Though being married, Neera and her husband continued their
different ideologies. While Neera wanted freedom of her country from Britishers, whereas her husband was working for the British government. So he was a loyal British servant.
Because of her true nationalist attitude, she ended up joining the Jhansi Regiment under Azad Hind Fauz after her marriage.
It was the time when Neera’s husband Jairanjan Das was ordered to spy on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, also he was ordered to assassinate him.
When her husband had fired on Netaji, fortunately,Netaji escaped death and the bullet hit his driver.
Neera was also there, when she knew about this all, she stabbed her husband to death. For killing her husband she was sentenced to life imprisonment
The Suffering just begun: Neera Arya and Her Excruciating Pain
One of the heartwarming parts of her stories, She told:
“After the trial, I was sent to Andaman for lifetime imprisonment, Where all prisoners were stuffed into tiny cells
One day, It was midnight two guards came to my cell and they had thrown two blankets on me. I felt bad about it. But there was some satisfaction of getting
blankets in cold. But still, I was worried that I was tied with a hard iron chain around my neck, hand, and legs.
But the next day, God listened to my prayer, and the blacksmith came in. He started cutting off the chains of my hand. He had cut some flesh off my hand.
I ignored that, but when he started cutting off the shackles from my legs, he had hit my bones 2-3 times with a heavy hammer.
It was so painful, I sighed and grieved. And said to him. Are you blind that you had hit my legs 2-3 times? It is giving me a lot of pain.
The Jailer who was watching all of this incident came close to me and asked.
If you tell us where is Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, we will let you go. So I replied, he died in a plane crash and everybody knows this. The jailer replied, that you are lying because he is still alive
Then jailer again asked me that this is the last time I am asking you, Where is he?
I angrily replied he is in my heart, in my mind.
Jailer furiously said. “If Netaji is in her heart, then remove him from there.”
The jailer touched me inappropriately and tore all the
clothes and indicated to the blacksmith about my breast.
The blacksmith immediately took a breast ripper and started pressing my right breast to cut it off.
While they were cutting it off, the pain had crossed all its limits.
The jailer held my neck and said
if I ever argue with anyone. He will take off another balloon from my breast.
After the Independence of India, She got out of prison. The rest of her life she spent while selling flowers in Hyderabad.
Even her cottage was also demolished by the Indian Government later.
The government claimed that her cottage was built over
On 26 July 1998, she left the world with a message to every Indian that
“Did She Deserve This Much in her Last Days in Independent India?”
An Article by – The Nation First