Report by Akshya Rout; Jajpur: Rich tributes were paid to the four freedom fighters, who had laid down their lives while taking part in an anti-British rally during the Quit India Movement at Kalamatia under Jajpur district’s Bari block on the Raksha Bandhan day on August 22, 1942, in the village on Monday .
Police had gunned down Saunti Mallick of Srirampur, Sananda Swain and Hadibandhu Panda of Krushnanagar and Mayadhar Bhuyan of Hatasahi and injured 10 others near a pond at Kalamatia, said Brunaban Samal, a retired headmaster and researcher.
Among others, Sunanda Das the chairperson of Bari block, Maheswar Sethi the Block Development Officer of Sukinda,Kunjabihari Das the Sarapanch of Kalamatia Gram Panchayat Samir Mallick, Abhaya Kumar Beurei and others paid tributes to the martyrs
.Sola Panda( 83) the widowed daughter-in-law of the the martyr Hadibandhu Panda, Chitaranjan Bhuyan (58) the grand-son of the martyr Mayadhar Bhuyan and Fakir Mallick (45) the grand son of the martyr Sauti Mallick were felicitated in the meeting.
To remember the sacrifice of four martyrs in 1975, some villagers had erected a Sahid Stambha (martyr tower) at the spot, where the four had been shot dead. On the occasion, the BDO promised to build statues of all the four martyrs in the village soon.