Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 16:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi felicitated the descendants of historical Paika Rebellion martyrs at a special programme held at RaJ Bhawan here today.
He honoured the families of freedom fighters, who have sacrificed their lives in fight against British rule, in presence of Odisha Governor SC Jamir and former Odisha minister Biswa Bhushan Harichandan.
The descendants of Jayee Rajguru, Buxi Jagabandhu, Dinabandhu Samantaray Mohapatra, Dama Subudhi Mangaraj, Samant Madhav Chandra Routray, Pindiki Bahubalendra, Krutibas Pattasani, Rendo Majhi, Veer Surendar Sai, Madho Singh, Chakhi Khuntia, Chakra Bisoi, Dora Bisoi, Raghunath Mohanty, Dibakar Parida, Lakhman Nayak and Lakhmi Indira Panda were felicitated during the programme.
Speaking on the occasion, Modi said, “Today the history was recalled with pride. It is my honour to see the descendants of martyrs. Unfortunately, the long years of freedom movement was confined in few persons and specific period. We should recall the events and contribution of everyone who participated in the freedom struggle. Odisha secured the top position for its immense contribution for freedom movements”.