Freedom fighter from Odisha Bhabani Charan Patnaik no more

Bhubaneswar: Noted freedom fighter and Gandhian, Padma Shri Bhabani Charan Patnaik, passed away at the age of 99 here on Thursday.

He was suffering from old-age related complications and was undergoing treatment at the Capital Hospital here, family sources said. Patnaik is survived by two sons and three daughters.

Patnaik was born on 11 May 1922 at Andhia in Nimapada of Puri disrtict in Odisha.

He was elected to the Rajya Sabha for three terms in 1961, 1966 and 1978. He was bestowed with the Padma Shri in 2018.

He was bestowed with Padma Shri in 2018.

Bhabani Charan Patnaik had taken part in the Indian freedom struggle.

Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Pradesh Congress Committee President Niranjan Patnaik and other leaders expressed their condolence over the death of Patnaik.

The Chief Minister described Patnaik as a great patriot who had dedicated his entire life for the cause of the common man.

“A strong believer in Gandhian principles, he was a close associate of Biju Patnaik. A man of indomitable spirit, Bhavani Babu was very active till his death. In his death, the nation has lost a true Gandhian and Karmayogi,” said the Chief Minister.

He conveyed his deep sympathies for the bereaved family members.

Describing Patnaik as great son of India, Governor Ganeshi Lal said his life and works will continue to inspire generations.

Kandhamal MP, Founder of KIIT and KISS Dr. Achyuta Samanta condoled demise of the freedom fighter.

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