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BARGARH: He can barely converse with coherence however the eyes of 102-year freedom fighter Jitendriya Pradhan mild up with pleasure when somebody asks him in regards to the Give up India Motion. The oldest surviving freedom fighter from Panimora village underneath Sohela block within the district, he was one of many 32 individuals who took half within the motion and jailed, the best from any village within the State.
Popularly known as ‘Sangrami Tirtha’, Panimora, a small village about 40 km from Bargarh city has a revolutionary historical past. All the village was concerned within the Give up India Motion. Even immediately, Mahatma Gandhi continues to be the lodestone as residents of the village start their day by worshipping the statue of the Father of the Nation, put in on the entrance of Panimora.
“Once we joined the motion, we had been utterly unaware in regards to the penalties which may comply with. Throughout a padayatra, we walked past our capability to protest and had been left with bruised toes. We resisted lathi-charge a variety of occasions earlier than we had been taken to the jail”, remembers Pradhan. He was simply 23 12 months outdated then. Recalling the 9 months that he spent in Bargarh jail, he mentioned the police tried to interrupt their spirit by torturing them mentally and bodily.
“They beat up all of the 32 of us one after the opposite and threatened to hurt our households”, he mentioned. Being followers of Mahatma Gandhi, none of them retaliated however remained decided not to surrender. Again residence, a whole lot of police personnel camped exterior the village to create a way of concern within the minds of the villagers.
“One more reason we didn’t hand over was as a result of a big group of our supporters had been protesting exterior the jail for our launch and after we had been launched, none of us backed out. We continued the motion” he mentioned. He added that the wrestle was not a mere political unrest however a battle for social justice, abolition of blind beliefs and boycott of international items. The households of the troopers and each different individual within the village grew to become part of the motion.
After the dying of Dayanidhi Nayak in 2019, Pradhan is the one surviving freedom fighter within the village. Talking in regards to the contribution of the village within the freedom wrestle, Pradhan mentioned, “The Gandhian mind-set amongst all of the folks of Panimora has saved the sensation of nationalism alive in us.
We’re proud to have served the nation in the course of the Give up India motion and I really feel lucky that the youth of our village have taken inspiration from us and have saved the ideology alive,” says Pradhan who was not too long ago felicitated by Bargarh Collector on behalf of the President Ramnath Kovind at his village on the event of Kranti Diwas.