Freedom fighter Bhabani Charan Patnaik passes away


Bhubaneswar: Noted freedom fighter and Padma Shri Bhabani Charan Patnaik passed away at 98 on Thursday. 

He was undergoing treatment at the Capital hospital.

The Odisha government announced that veteran freedom fighter Bhabani Charan Patnaik will be cremated with full state honours at Nimapada in Puri tomorrow.

Patnaik was born on 11 May 1922 at Andhia in Nimapada of Puri disrtict.

He was elected as Member of Parliament to the Rajya Sabha for three times in 1961, 1968 and 1978. He was bestowed with Padma Shri in 2018.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and many leaders condoled death of the freedom fighter.

The Chief Minister described late Bhavani Patnaik as a great patriot who had dedicated his entire life for the cause of the common man.

A strong believer of Gandhian principles, he was a close associate of Biju Babu. A man of indomitable spirit Bhavani Babu was very active till his death.In his death, the nation lost a true Gandhian and Karmayogi, said the Chief Minister. 

He conveyed his deep sympathy to the bereaved families.