Angul: Noted freedom fighter Bichhanda Charan Pradhan passed away at his residence at Kansamunda village here in Kaniha on Friday. Pradhan was 103.
Born on February 20, 1918, Pradhan was an ardent follower of veteran freedom fighter and former Deputy Chief Minister of Odisha, Pabitra Mohan Pradhan.
Inspired by Pabitra Mohan’s ideals and principles, Pradhan had quit the job of Police Inspector and joined the freedom movement and Praja Mandal movement.
A pall of gloom descended on Angul district following his demise. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed his deepest condolences. “I pray for the great man’s soul to rest in peace. My heartfelt condolences with the bereaved family members,” the CM tweeted.
Pradhan’s final rites will be performed at Kansamunda village on Saturday.