He was an iconic freedom fighter

GULBARGA: Legendary freedom fighter, Sardar Sharanagowda Inamdar, who was in the forefront among leaders who waged an armed struggle against the Nizam of Hyderabad, died here on Wednesday after a brief illness.

Born in Dhummadri, a tiny village, in February 1916, Sardar became an icon among freedom fighters in the Hyderabad Karnataka region and his exploits against the Razakaars, the private army of the Nizam, are sung in the form of folk songs even now in villages in the region.

Last rites

The mortal remains of Sardar, who leaves behind two sons, a daughter and several grandchildren, will be buried at Dhummadri village in Jewargi taluk of Gulbarga district on Thursday. A two-time MLA from Jewargi constituency, Sardar received many awards including the Rajyotsava. He played an instrumental role in the movement for unification of all Kannada-speaking areas with the Mysore State.

Senior leaders of the region including Union Minister for Labour M. Mallikarjun Kharge and former Chief Minister and MP N. Dharam Singh have mourned his death.