By Sarathi Guha(03 Apr 2008)
Chanchal Chattopadhay was the son of a police inspector. He studied in a medical school. At that time Non Co-operation with the British was called. Chanchal left his studies and joined the call. Incidentally, a false case was filed against him. The judge said that if he would leave the village, he will be freed from all the charges, other wise he will be sent to jail for six months. So he came to Calcutta and met the political leaders who insisted that he leave his studies. But all in vain. So ultimately he joined a gang of goons leaded by Manmatha. A man along with her daughter Arundhati was coming back. They had a box full of ornaments. It was a rainy night, Manmatha pick them up in their taxi. The taxi was driven by Chanchal. All of a sudden, Arundhati pushed Manmatha. He fell under the wheels of the car and he died instantly. Every body got one thousand rupees by selling Arundhati's ornaments. Manmatha before his last breath gave his share of one thousand rupees to Chanchal. He requesed him to give that money to his mother. Chanchal left for Chandanpur by Dhaka Mail on the same night. In the train, he met a monk. On behalf of his mission, he was going for a relief work with five thousand rupees. Chanchal tried to steal that money, but he failed. Manmatha's brother Dukhe was also a goon. He wanted to take away Chanchal's share that night. But accidentally he was murdered. Chanchal immediately ran away from that place. On his way, he found a man lying on the street under a big branch of a tree. He recognised the person as monk Punnyachand, whom he met in the train. Chanchal quickly changed his dress with that monk. In the mean time Dukhe's mother came there with the villagers and identified the monk in Chanchal's atire as a murderer of his son. It was found that the monk was alive. Chanchal picked him up and took him to the nearest ashram. The monk Punnyachand became alive again, but he had lost all his memory. Chanchal took the monk's life. He was almost cured. Chanchal was thinking that only for him, an innocent man would be hung, for no crime. In the meantime Chanchal became very popular. Lady doctor Ratri and volunteer Sushanta regarded him extremely. Punnyachand's trial was completed first in lower court and then in session court and he was found guilty. He was sentenced to be hanged till death. Suddenly there came the chief of the ashram Bramhananda swami. He was suprised seeing Chanchal there. Chanchal confessed every thing to him. Bramhananda told him that purification of Chanchal has already been completed. Dukhe's mother was about to die. Before death she said that she had killed her son. Punnyachanda was freed from all charges and was jailed for six months. The day when Chanchal came out of the jail, he found that Ratri and Sushanta was waiting for him outside of the gate.