Freedom fighter Raghu Sardar bust unveiled


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A statue of freedom fighter and revolutionary leader Raghu Sardar has been unveiled here in Phulnakhara, 74 years after the famous freedom fighter and social worker gave his life in the struggle for freedom.

Raghunath Pattnaik aka Raghu Sardar was born in a village of the Bailaishi mouza group of the Cuttack district, who at a young age was inspired by the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi and began his activities against British rule in Cuttack. Angered by his activities, the British police had taken him into custody, often torturing him. Eventually Raghu left for Khidirpur, Kolkotta and led the struggle for freedom with the support of countless young people from Odia and Bengal.

Vexed by his continued struggle, the British conspired against him. He was assassinated on the night of August 14, 1947 by communal elements, who had played into the hands of the British. As a social worker, he played a central role in recruiting poor Odia youth in Kolkata into various industries and was also known as a union leader.

The Sardar statue was unveiled by Bhubaneswar MP North Sustant Rout, in the presence of Sardar’s son Dr BN Patnaik and Bhubaneswar Central MP Ananta Narayan Jena. A market complex was also inaugurated as well as a health camp in the name of Sardar.

Among the personalities present on the occasion were journalist Sugyan Choudhury, bureaucrat Laxmidhar Behera, Kabita Manjari Parida, Sudhansu Mahapatra, Rasmita Sahoo, Pramila Mahapatra and Pramod Parida.

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Thelma J. Longworth