|Money in Plenty,
After a few days the revolutionaries met. Members from Kasi, Kanpur, Lucknow and
Agra attended the meeting. Ramaprasad explained his plans to the members. He said,
"If we loot the money belonging to the Government, we will get
enough for our activities. Moreover we will not have to harm our own people for money. The
task is difficult. It needs to be done with great care. But our efforts will bring
excellent rewards. The Government also will come to know that the revolutionaries do not
merely talk but act."
The members liked his idea. They were eager to do acts, which would show their courage and
strength. Therefore almost everyone said, "It is good. It is anexcellent idea."
Ashfaq listened silently. From the day he had heard it from Ramaprasad, he had thought
about it thoroughly.
But now everyone was saying. "Yes, yes, let us go ahead." He did not think it
sit. Quietly. So he got up and said, "Friends, I consider it a hasty step. It may be
a good plan in some ways. But let us think of our strength and the strength of the
Government. In an ordinary dacoity, much money is not involved. Besides, the Government
will treat it as one of the many usual occurrences. So we shall have to face only what the
police normally do in such cases. it will be a different tale when we meddle with money
belonging to Government. The entire Government machinery will be used to trace and crush
us. In my opinion we cannot escape detection and punishment. Our party is not strong
enough. Let us drop this plan."
But the revolutionaries were caught up in a flood of
enthusiasm; they were not prepared to listen to sense. After debating the plan for a long
time they decided to go ahead and entrusted the task to Rama prasad. At the outset he gave
a word of caution. He said, "Friends, we should not fire at any one unless they fire
at us. As far as possible let us do this deed without bloodshed." The meeting broke