Freedom fighter Md Bazi passes away at 104

Report by Basant Rath; Nabarangpur: A renowned freedom fighter from Nabarangpur Mohammed Bazi, passed away on Thursday at his Sunari street residence. He was a social worker of repute, a Bhoodan worker and a freedom fighter. He was born at Nabarangpur on January 28th, 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.

On the occasion of the visit of Pandit Neelakantha Das and Dibakar Patnaik to Nabarangpur in 1936, a large meeting was organized on behalf of congress. Md. Baji and Laxmi Chandra Dash together had organized the meeting. In this meeting Md. Baji also addressed the large gathering and impressed up on the audience not to allow the
Britishers to do injustice. He exhorted the audience to fight against Bethi‘ and Gadam‘ and not to offer goat and chicken to the Police for their Lunch and Dinner.

After receiving training at Nuaput training centre on the principles and Philosophy of congress, be propagated these in the remote villages of Nabarangpur district. 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 Nabarangpur Jail for Six months and after wards he was imprisoned for two and half years in Koraput Jail. 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 Patanik, in twitter post, condoled the sad demise of the freedom fighter. The CM also expressed his sympathy with the bereaved family members of Md Bazi. Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also expressed his deep grief over Md Bazi’s death.