In 1908, the Reverend J. Harvey Higginbotham of Kushtia, by running an industrial exhibition with British materials, dissatisfied the local Swadeshi people. He was also suspected of being a Government spy. Apparently interested in theBible, Baladeb Ray and some other young men visited the Missionary. On 4 March 1908, the Missionary was killed late in the evening. Baladeb, Ganesh Das and two others were arrested. The case was tried by Ashutosh Biswas, Public Prosecutor[Bhavabhushan Mitra, or Bhaba Bhusan Mitter, alias Swami Satyananda Puri (1881-1970) was a Bengali Indian freedom fighterand an influential social worker.
He represented the link between two radical trends: the highly centralised spirit of showdown personified by Barindra Kumar Ghose; and the decentralised loose federation of regional units advancing in a progressive revolution, as practised by the Jugantar movement underBagha Jatin.
In 1904-1905, Barin and his maternal uncle Manindra Basu had been members of the “Golden League” club which furthered “the boycott and Swadeshi movement.”]
Early in May 1908, escaping the massive arrests in Bengal, Bhavabhushan fled to Mumbai under the name of Advaitananda Brahmachari
Bhavabhushan joined a group of revolutionaries who, disguised as fierce monks, created a panic by attacking the armed Police to protest against Tilak’s trial
Bhababhushan had been in jail during the trial of the main case, 1908-1909, and was convicted in a supplementary case connected with the Howrah case in June 1910 .Released from jail on 2 December 1914,
Bhavabhushan seems to have avoided all overtly active part in the subsequent episodes of freedom fight,