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ICGS Kanaklata Barua

ICGS Kanaklata Barua

Context:

A Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) named ICGS Kanaklata Barua was commissioned in the Indian Coast Guard.

  • It is named after a teenage freedom fighter who was shot dead in Assam during the Quit India Movement.

About the ship:

  • It is the fifth and last in a series of FPVs built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Ltd.
    • The other four are ICGS Priyadarshini (named after Indira Gandhi), ICGS Annie Besant, ICGS Kamala Devi (after Kamala Devi Chattopadhyay), and ICGS Amrit Kaur.
  • These FPVs are upgraded versions of the inshore patrol vessels and can achieve a speed of 34 knots.
  • In the Coast Guard, these FPVs and their earlier versions belong to the Rajashree class of patrol vessels.
    • The previous versions were named ICGS Rajashree, Rajtanag, Rajkiran, Rajkamal, Rajdoot, Rajveer, etc; the modified versions are named after freedom fighters.

Significance:

  • These are suited for patrolling, maritime surveillance, anti-smuggling, anti-poaching operations and also for fishery protection, and rescue and search missions.
  • These FPVs are medium-range surface vessels with a length of around 50 m, and a displacement of over 300 tonnes.

Kanaklata Barua:

  • She was one of the youngest martyrs of the Quit India Movement who has iconic status in Assam.
  • She led the Mukti Bahini which was a procession of freedom fighters to unfurl the Tricolour at Gohpur police station in 1942.
  • When police did not let them move forward, an altercation led to the firing, killing Barua at the head of the procession.
  • The Coast Guard had named an earlier ship after her. The previous ICGS Kanaklata Barua was commissioned in 1997 and decommissioned in 2017. The ship was dismantled in 2018 and sold as scrap.

Source: Indian Express