Freedom fighter Nagnath Naikavdi no more
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 22, 2012, 22:02
Mumbai: Veteran freedom fighter 'Krantiveer' Nagnath-anna Naikavdi passed away here on Thursday following a brief illness. He was 92.

Naikwadi, recipient of Padmabhushan, passed away at a private hospital in suburban Bandra, family sources said.

He was one of the last surviving links to the freedom struggle and the Quit India movement in Maharashtra. He was actively involved in the 'Prati Sarkar' (an underground government set up by freedom-fighters in 1942) in the western Maharashtra. He carried a reward on his head in those days.

Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan condoled the death. The Governor said, "Naikwadi was a leading revolutionary from Maharashtra who risked his life to lead the freedom struggle from the front. After independence, he dedicated himself to the cause of service of society through education and social work.

"He often lent his voice to raise the problems of the people, especially the voiceless majority. I salute the memory of this great freedom fighter. A truly inspiring life," the Governor said.

Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar also spoke about Naikwadi's contribution to the freedom struggle and his work later as a social activist, in their condolence messages.

Naikwadi's last rites would be conducted at Walva in his native Sangli district tomorrow.


First Published: Thursday, March 22, 2012, 22:02

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