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Babu Genu Said

(1908 – 1930) – (Maharashtra)

Babu Genu Said (Aged 22) was born on 1 January 1908 into a poor farming family in Mahalunge Padwal. He worked in a cotton mill in Bombay and became an active participant in the protests organized by Indian independence activists against the import of foreign-made cloth, which culminated in the Indian textile market.

On 12 December 1930, George Frazier, a cloth merchant from Manchester, was given police protection while transporting foreign-made cloth from his shop in old Hanuman galli to Mumbai Port. Despite activists begging him not to move the truck, police forced them aside. At Kalbadevi Road, Babu Genu stood in front of the truck, but the police ordered the Indian driver to run him over. When the driver refused, the English officer took the wheel and crushed Babu Genu, sparking widespread anger, strikes, and protests throughout Mumbai.

Landmarks that bear Babu Genu’s name include Shahid Babu Genu Road in South Delhi, a corner across KEM hospital in Parel, Mumbai named after him with his bust on display as Hutatma Babu Genu, and Hutatma Babu Genu Ganpati in Budhwar Peth, Pune, India.