It was decided. 8 December, 1930 would be ‘Operation Simpson Day’. The journey began at 12:00 in the afternoon. Three Men sat in a taxi and headed for the Writers Building. One of them had his birthday < 50 hours ago. The last ride together. [File No. 59/19/30]
Cap, coat, tie, trousers, boots – ‘European Dressing’.
There was no cause of suspicion for the Police or the Constables. Lieutenant Colonel Simpson/Inspector General of Prisons, Norman Skinner Simpson was writing a letter, sitting in his chair.
“You have an appointment? Give me a visiting card if you have one or else write your name in the register. He will call you when its time.”
‘Simpson shot dead. Armed reinforcement needed at the earliest.’
It’s a minute if you run from Lal Bazar to Writers. Sir Charles Tegart came with a force.
12:30 – 12:45. Being caught was a surety.
Dinesh had a .455 Webley Revolver next to him.
Benoy’s trousers had a .34 Iver Johnson Revolver.
Badal had a .32 American Revolver next to him.
Badal poured potassium cyanide. Benoy and Dinesh shot themselves. Badal was dead and Benoy could not be saved. Dinesh came back from death.
Session Judge, Ralph Reynolds Garlick: “The punishment of murder is death. We are asked to refrain from passing the death sentence on the ground that the case is not free from doubt. But though there is some doubt about particular incidents of the story, we have no doubt at all that Dinesh was one of the Three Men who murderd Col. Simpson… We unanimously find Dinesh Chandra Gupta guilty of murder and sentence him under Section 302, IPC to be hanged by the neck until he is dead.”
Dauntless Dinesh died at dawn on 7 July, 1931.
Ralph Reynolds Garlick was shot dead in Open Court, on 27 July 1931 by Kanai Bhattacharjee.
Benoy was a 1908 born, Badal a 1911 born, Dinesh a 1912 born. They shall live forever.
– Supratim Sarkar, Unknown Lal Bazar, (Ananda, 2018).
Dinesh’s youngest brother’s grand-daughter Tanika Gupta has been awarded an MBE [Member of The Most Excellent Order of The British Empire] for services to drama. She was born in Chiswick, West London, in 1963. One of her plays, The Waiting Room, was performed at the Royal National Theatre and starred Shabana Azmi.