Bal was born in the village Kanungopara in Chittagong, Bengal (now in Bangladesh). His father was Pran Krishna Bal. Harigopal Bal joined the revolutionaries and took part in the Chittagong Armoury Raid on April 18, 1930. After the abortive raid, Bal escaped. But 4 days later, he was injured after being shot while fighting against British Troops on Jalalabad Hill, near Chittagong. He died on April 22, 1930.