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Darthawma Renthlei

(1920 – 2019) – (Mizoram)

Darthawma Renthlei (Aged 99), born in 1920 at Pukpui village near Lunglei, Mizoram, India. He joined the British Indian Army on November 27, 1940, during World War II. He was captured by the Japanese Imperial Army in early 1942 while posted in Malaysia’s Penang Island. After his release, he joined the Indian National Army, also known as the Azad Hind Fauj, in May 1942 to fight against colonial rule.

Darthawma was captured by the British in 1944, but was later released from Lucknow jail on July 15, 1945, following the intervention of Mahatma Gandhi. This courageous freedom fighter passed away on July 21, 2019.