Sixty-four years after he was hanged to death by the British administration, a family member of freedom fighter Laxman Nayak was finally able to visit his memorial inside a jail and pay floral tributes.
Ms. Rukuna, 72-year-old daughter-in-law of Laxman Nayak, made a maiden visit to Berhampur circle jail to have a glimpse of the place, where the legendary tribal freedom fighter was imprisoned and hanged on November 22, 1943.
Ms. Rukuna, the last member of the martyr’s family in Orissa’s tribal dominated Malkanagiri district, came from her native place near Mathili on Tuesday and broke down when she garlanded the statue outside the prison and photos inside his cell, which has been turned into a memorial by the state government.
“I have performed a great job by visiting this place. Let his soul remain in peace,” said Ms. Rukuna who was just eight-year-old when Mr. Nayak was hanged.
State government allowed Ms. Rukuna following a request by her to visit the jail at least once in her life as his last successor. Her late husband had also made similar efforts, but could not succeed due to several reasons, she said.
Mr. Nayak had led a tribal movement in Koraput district in 1943 against the British regime. He had been kept in the Berhampur circle jail before being hanged to death.