Berhampur, Nov 23 (LocalWire) Several people on Thursday paid floral tribute to noted freedom fighter Laxman Nayak on the premises of Berhampur Circle Jail here on the occasion of his 119th birth anniversary.
The tribal freedom fighter of Malkanagiri, who was lodged in the circle jail here during freedom struggle, was hanged by the British on March 29, 1943.
Authorities have preserved four cells inside the 155-year old jail, where the tribal leader was lodged. Besides a portrait of Nayak, his literary works and letters of the jail term have been preserved in the cells.
“These cells have been preserved to pay respect to the great leader who sacrificed his life for the country,” said DIG (prisons) Raghunath Majhi.
Everyday, jail employees light an earthen lamp and offer flowers before Nayak’s photo before taking charge of their respective duties.
“The practice is being continued for several years now,” said jailer Sashikanta Mahallick. “We do not keep any inmate in these four jails.”
Among others, MLA (Berhampur) R.Ch Chyaupatnaik, former MLA (Chhatrapur) Ashok Choudhury chairman, Berhampur Development Authority (BDA) Subash Moharana, sub collector (Berhampur) Digant Raoutray and All India Radio (AIR) Berhampur programe head Hrusikesh Panigrahy paid floral tribute to Nayak.
The dignitaries urged the government to take steps to highlight Nayak’s works during freedom struggle and set up a museum on the jail premises.