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V.D. Chitale

(1906 -1961) – (Goa)

Vishnu Dattatraya Chitale (Aged 55) was born in 1906. He was an Indian politician and a prominent leader of the Communist Party of India in Poona city. At the 1940 Ramgarh session of the Indian National Congress, Chitale and fellow communist delegate K.M. Ashraf proposed an amendment to the main resolution, calling for the “immediate launching of the struggle” for independence and rejecting any compromise with British rule.

Chitale led the third 1955 Satyagraha to Goa, leading a thousand volunteers in a march to demand the integration of Portuguese-controlled Goa with India. However, Portuguese military forces opened fire, injuring Chitale among many others. He passed away in 1961.