Very soon Odisha is going to get it’s first ever Martyrs’ Memorial Pillar at the Freedom Fighters ground here in Bhubaneswar. It was announced by Cuttack MP Bhatruhari Mahatab, who is also president of the All India Freedom Fighters’ Youth Wing, at the All India Freedom Fighters’ Mahotsav.
The Mahostav attended by representatives from different States, was inaugurated by Industries Minister Debi Prasad Mishra.
“The pillar will be 29 feet high and will be built by 2018. A total of `30 lakh will be spent for the construction of the pillar and a memorial,” Mahatab said
He also added that names of martyrs who laid down their lives during the freedom struggle will get place in the pillar.
The names of Jayi Rajguru, Buxi Jagabandu and Pandiki Bahubalendra, who were hanged by the British between 1807 and 1820 will be prominently displayed in the pillar besides names of Madho Singh (hanged in 1857), Raghunath Mohanty and Dibakar Parida (hanged in 1940), Laxman Naik (hanged in 1942) will be written on the memorial complex, said All India Freedom Fighters’ Youth Wing Odisha secretary Birupakshya Tripathy.
Odisha Freedom Fighters’ Samiti president Bhabani Charan Patnaik presided the meeting which was held on the occasion of the 31st death anniversary of freedom fighter and former chief minister Harekrushna Mahatab.