Hundreds of tribals in their traditional attire paid homage to their forefathers who sacrificed their lives at Amko-Simko village in Sundargarh district of Orissa during the freedom struggle in 1939.

The district administration with the cooperation of Amko-Simko Martyrs day celebration committee celebrated the martyrs day yesterday to make the younger generation aware of their forefather’s contribution.

The tribals of nearby Brahmanmara area marched in a procession to ‘Saheed Pillars’ where the veteran freedom fighter, Nirmal Munda and 38 of his followers were gunned down by the British solider in 1939.

Biramitrapur MLA and tribal leader, George Tirkey while attending as chief guest demand the state government to build a memorial on the line of Jalianawalabagh memorial.

On Amko—Simko massacre, Mr. Tirkey said the incident was no less important than Jalianawalabagh. Panposh sub-collector and chairman of the celebration committee, Roopak Patnaik and other dignitaries spoke on the occasion.