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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Freedom fighter Laxman Nayak's death anniv observed in Berhampur

BERHAMPUR: Political leaders, government officers and school students on 29th of March paid rich tribute to eminent tribal freedom fighter Laxman Nayak, at the Berhampur Circle jail, to commemorate the day he was hanged by the British government. Born in November 22, 1899 in a remote village in Malkanagiri, Nayak was instrumental in spreading the messages of Mahatma Gandhi among the tribal people of the southern Orissa during the national movement. The Berhampur jail authorities have preserved the four cells where Nayak spent his days at the jail before being sent to the gallows on March 29, 1943. Some of his letters and writings have also been conserved. Everyday, the jail employees first pay respect to Nayak before starting their duty. The prison authorities also allow visitors inside the jail twice every year, on March 29 and November 22, to pay respect to the freedom fighter. 

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