Bargarh: Odisha’s last fighter Jitendriya Pradhan passed away today after prolonged illness. He was 103.
He took his last breath at Panimora village under Sohela block in Bargarh district.
The freedom fighter, who had participated in the Quit India Movement, was felicitated by the Bargarh Collector on behalf of President Ram Nath Kovind in August, last year on the occasion of Kranti Diwas.
He was born in 1919, He was one of the 32 persons from the village who took part in the Quit India Movement and was imprisoned for around nine months.
Pradhan was mere 23 years old when he joined the movement.
After the death of freedom fighter Dayanidhi Nayak of the village in 2019, Pradhan was the only surviving freedom fighter of the locality.
Pradhan had tested positive for COVID-19.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has offered his condolences on the demise of centenarian freedom fighter Jitendra Pradhan who passed away due to old age.
“I am saddened to learn of the death of centenarian freedom fighter Jitendra Pradhan. He will always be remembered for his contribution to the country’s Independence. I extend my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and pray for the departed soul to rest in peace,” tweeted Patnaik.
ଶତାୟୁ ସ୍ୱାଧୀନତା ସଂଗ୍ରାମୀ ଜିତେନ୍ଦ୍ରୀୟ ପ୍ରଧାନଙ୍କ ଦେହାନ୍ତ ବିଷୟରେ ଜାଣି ମୁଁ ଦୁଃଖିତ। ଦେଶର ସ୍ୱାଧୀନତାରେ ତାଙ୍କର ଅବଦାନ ପାଇଁ ସେ ସର୍ବଦା ସ୍ମରଣୀୟ ରହିବେ। ତାଙ୍କ ଅମର ଆତ୍ମାର ସଦଗତି କାମନା କରିବା ସହ ଶୋକସନ୍ତପ୍ତ ପରିବାର ସଦସ୍ୟଙ୍କ ପ୍ରତି ମୋର ସମବେଦନା ଜଣାଉଛି।
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) January 22, 2022