Veteran CPI-M leader, freedom fighter, champion of the working class and former Chief Minister of Kerala VS Achuthanandan turned 100 on Friday.
Renowned freedom fighter Mohammed Bazi, passed away at his Sunari street residence here today. He was 102.
He was a social worker of repute, a Bhoodan worker and a freedom fighter. He was born at Nawarangpur on 28 January , 1917. He was influenced by the freedom fighters like Radha Krushna Biswasray (better known as Koraputia Gandhi) and left his school while he was a student of Class X at Jeypore. He was a bachelor had taken part in Mahatma Gandhi’s Satyagraha movement. He along with his associate Raidhar Jani of Goudaguda were arrested by the police and were taken to Dabugam Police Station. Md. Baji was kept in Nawarangpur Jail for six months and was later arrested again and jailed for two and half years during the freedom movement.
He was again imprisoned along with Sadasiba Tripathy and Jagannath Tripathy in 1940 while they were observing individual Satyagraha. After returning from Jail he established a Gandhi Ashram at Bijapur village in Jhorigam block. In 1953 he joined the Sarvodaya movement and concentrated in Bhodan movement.Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the state BJP and Congress leadership condoled his death.