Veteran freedom fighter dies: The Tribune India

Our correspondent

Una, December 3

Satya Mitra Bakshi, a veteran freedom fighter, died today at the age of 94 at his home in Una city. He was the son of Baba Laxman Das and Mata Durga Devi, the revolutionary couple who had led the struggle for freedom in the region.

In 1942, Satya Mitra Bakshi was imprisoned for nine months and detained in Lahore Prison. After his release from prison, he coordinated with other revolutionaries from Gandhi Ashram in Oel village of Una district as well as from their home in Una old town.

Satya Mitra was a member of the Himachal Pradesh Freedom Fighters Welfare Council and had regularly donated all of her pension for the welfare of the underprivileged, in addition to the education of girls. Family sources said the cremation will take place here tomorrow.

Meanwhile, in a statement released here, Rural Development Minister Virender Kanwar and State Finance Commission Chairman Satpal Singh Satti mourned the disappearance of the veteran freedom fighter.

Satya Mitra’s father, Baba Laxman Das, joined the struggle for freedom in 1905 after retiring prematurely from the police where he was a sergeant. His wife Durga Devi also joined him and together they worked with revolutionaries such as Lala Lajpat Rai, Bhagat Singh’s uncle Sardar Ajeet Singh and Dr Satpal, who had organized the meeting of Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar.

Baba Laxman Das and Mata Durga Devi have been imprisoned four times. The mother encouraged their three sons Satya Prakash ‘Baagi’, Satya Mitra and Satya Bhushan to join the struggle for freedom.


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