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Freedom fighter Hari Prasad Mishra passes away in Jamugurihat

Freedom fighter Hari Prasad Mishra, a permanent resident of Samar Dalani village under Sootea police station, breathed his last early on Thursday morning

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  6 Jan 2023 8:25 AM GMT


JAMUGURIHAT: Freedom fighter Hari Prasad Mishra, a permanent resident of Samar Dalani village under Sootea police station, breathed his last early on Thursday morning at his residence due to old-age related ailments. He was 98.

Mishra was born on October 22, 1925 to Gouri Kanta Mishra and Leelawati Mishra at Major Aati Nepali Gaon (presently known as Samar Dalani) of undivided Darrang district. After his primary education, he was greatly influenced by the Quit India Movement. Hari Prasad, with the influence of Jyoti Prasad Agarwala, joined the Mritu Bahini (the Death Squad). He had undergone the training of Congress volunteers when Hem Chandra Baruah and Omeo Kumar Das was president and secretary of APCC and Jyoti Prasad Agarwala was GOC of the Death Squad. He along with other six youths from his native village underwent training held at Bhaganbari Nepali Gaon with Baparam Gogoi Barua; GOC of Death Squad and convener of Tezpur district Congress Committee. He was appointed as 'Nayak' after the training.

The tricolour was hoisted at Sootea Police Station on August 20, 1942. Mishra was present in the historic moment. After the mass movement of 1942, Hari Prasad continued to serve the party as a primary worker in the village level, besides social service. He played a distinguishing role in the establishment of many socio-economic and educational institutions in the greater Nagsankar area. He became the president of Sonitpur district committee of Freedom Fighters' Association. The unsung hero of the freedom movement was honoured with a political pension by the state government from 1994. The then President of India, Pranab Mukherjee felicitated him on August 9, 2016 at Rashtrapati Bhawan along with other freedom heroes of the national movement.

The freedom fighter breathed his last in the early hours on Thursday morning. A number of organizations and individuals paid rich tribute to the mortal remains at his residence. Later on, his body was taken to the historic Sootea police station wherein Biswanath SP Navin Singh, police personnel of Sootea PS, Chatia HSS, Sootea Mandal BJP and AASU Sootea paid rich tribute. His body was taken to his Samar Dalani residence wherein Pallab Lochan Das, MP, Tezpur HPC, Deva Kumar Mishra, Deputy Commissioner of Sonitpur, Munindra Nath Nagatey, Biswanath DC, Navin Singh, Biswanath Superintendent of Police, Kamal Kumar Gupta, Commandant of 12th AP Battalion, Pankaj Nagbangshi, ADC, Sonitpur, Liza Talukdar, Biswajit Saikia, ADCs Biswanath, attended wreath-laying ceremony. The last rites were performed as per State honour.

Freedom fighter Hari Prasad Mishra leaves behind a son, a daughter along with a host of relatives. His death was widely mourned in Sootea, Nagsankar, Jamugurihat and Biswanath area.

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