Sambalpur: Freedom Fighter Debananda Gupta, 96, passed away while being under treatment at the VIMSAR hospital in Burla on Saturday.
According to family members, the Freedom Fighter was keeping unwell for three days. As soon as his condition deteriorated on Saturday morning, he was rushed to the Sambalpur District Headquarter Hospital. The nonagenarian was then shifted to the VIMSAR where he died at 2:50 pm.
Born in 1926 at Tilia Phatapali village in the undivided Sambalpur district, Debananda was part of the ‘Quit India’ movement in 1942 at the age of 16 years. The British government arrested him in the same year. Debananda underwent one-year rigorous imprisonment after the Britishers convicted him.
The President of India felicitated the veteran twice during the ‘Kranti Divas’ in the national capital in 2018 and 2020.
He was residing at Mura Kalami village under Tihura panchayat in Sambalpur district.