Ashfaq Ullah Khan
Ashfaq Ullah Khan (22 October 1900 – 19 December 1927) was an Indian independence activist in the Indian independence movement and co-founder of the Hindustan Socialist Republican Association.

Early life

Khan was born in Shahjahanpur, India to Shafiq Ullah Khan and Mazharunissa. He was born in a Muslim Pathan family of Khyber tribe. He was the youngest among his five siblings.

In 1920, Mahatma Gandhi launched his Non-cooperation movement against the British rule in India. But after the Chauri Chaura incident in 1922, Mahatma Gandhi decided to withdraw the call for this movement.

At that point, many young people including Khan felt depressed. That is when Khan decided to form an organization with like-minded freedom fighters which resulted in the formation of Hindustan Republican Association in 1924. This association’s purpose was to organize armed revolutions to achieve a free India.

Kakori Action Plan

To give a boost to their movement and buy arms and ammunition to carry out their activities, the revolutionaries of Hindustan Socialist Republican Association organised a meeting on 8 August 1925 in Shahjahanpur. After a lot of deliberation, it was decided to loot the government treasury carried in the trains. On 9 August 1925, Khan and other revolutionaries, namely Ram Prasad Bismil, Rajendra Lahiri, Thakur Roshan Singh, Sachindra Bakshi, Chandrashekar Azad, Keshab Chakravarty, Banwari Lal, Murari Lal Gupta, Mukundi Lal, and Manmathnath Gupta looted the train carrying Indian money by British in Kakori near Lucknow.

A month passed after the train action, and yet none of the train robbers were arrested. Although the British government had spread a large investigative net. On the morning of 26 October 1925, Ram Prasad Bismil was caught by the police and Khan was the only one untraced by the police. He went into hiding and moved to Banaras from Bihar, where he worked in an engineering company for ten months. He wanted to move abroad to learn engineering to further help the freedom struggle and so he went to Delhi to find ways to move out of the country. He took the help of one of his Pathan friends who was also his classmate in the past. This friend, in turn, betrayed him by informing the police about his whereabouts and on the morning of 17 July 1926 police came to his house and arrested him.

Khan was detained in the Faizabad jail and a case was filed against him. His brother Riyasatullah Khan was his legal counsel. While in jail, Ashfaqulla Khan recited the Quran and started saying his prayers regularly and during the Islamic month of Ramadan strictly fasted. The case for the Kakori dacoity was concluded by awarding death sentence to Bismil, Khan, Rajendra Lahiri and Thakur Roshan Singh. The others were given life sentences.

Death and legacy

Khan was put to death by hanging on 19 December 1927 at Faizabad Jail. This revolutionary man became a martyr and a legend among his people due to his love for the motherland, his clear thinking, unshakeable courage, firmness and loyalty.


The actions of Khan and his compatriots have been depicted in the Hindi film Rang De Basanti (2006), where his character was depicted by Kunal Kapoor. Chetanya Adib portrayed Khan in the Star Bharat television series Chandrashekhar. Mujahid-E-Azadi - Ashfaqullah Khan, an Indian television series aired on DD Urdu in 2014, it starred Gaurav Nanda in the titular role.

Above content has been taken from Wikipedia page dedicated to Ashfaq.


Khan wrote is poetry in Urdu,Persian and english also.he wrote under pen name 'Hasrat'.
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Khan wrote his poetry in Urdu,Persian and english also.he wrote under pen name 'Hasrat'.
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Life is nothing but like a dream and death is its result.

वतन रहे हमेशा शाद , काम और आज़ाद।
हमारा क्या है, हम रहे न रहें।