Bhubaneswar: Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh today faced the ire of netizens after he posted an incorrect tweet on Odisha freedom fighters martyred at Eram in Bhadrak district in pre-Independence era.
The saffron leader took to the micro-blogging site where he tweeted about his day-long trip to the coastal district.
He mentioned about paying rich tributes to freedom fighters – Gopabandhu Das, Madhusudan Das, Buxi Jagabandhu and Veer Surendra Sai – who fell to the bullets of Britishers at Eram on September 28, 1942. However, the flawed tweet irked the netizens as the eminent freedom fighters did not die in the incident called as the second Jallianwala Bagh massacre of India.
Besides, the name of the place was also misspelt.
Within minutes, the Minister was trolled on Twitter:
Home minister @rajnathsingh tweet says Gopabandhu Das, Buxi Jagabandhu, Veer Surendra Sai, and Madhu Babu were martyred on Sept 28, 1942!…… While Gopabandhu died in 1928. Madhu Babu died in 1934. Buxi Jagabandhu died in 1829. Veer Surendra Sai became martyr in 1884 pic.twitter.com/xaoXR5lehY
— Ashok Pradhan (@AshokPradhanTOI) February 17, 2019
Later, the post was pulled down and replaced by a repost.
Rajnath Singh was on a visit to Bhadrak district where he visited Chudamani, Eram and Ranital to take part in party programmes.
Worth mentioning, 29 Gandhians were shot dead by the British police on September 28, 1942 who had congregated for a meeting. A Saheed Stambha (martyr’s column) was erected at the place of bloodbath as a memorial to pay tribute to the martyrs. Since then, the place is called as Rakta Teertha.