Bhubaneswar: Najafgarh Ka Chora, Virender Sehwag, one of the most explosive batsmen of modern day cricket toady revisited memories of Odisha’s teenaged freedom fighter Baji Rout on the occasion of Children’s Day.
In a tweet, Sehwag paid glorifying tributes to Baji Rout from Nilakanthpur in Dhenkanal district of the state.
“On this Children’s Day it’s time we know about Shaheed Baji Rout, from Nilakanthpur in Orissa, the youngest Martyr of India’s freedom struggle. At the age of 12, this young boy was on guard of a country boat and was ordered by the British troop to ferry them across river Brahamani,” Viru tweeted.
Born on October 5, 1926 in Nilakanthpur in Dhenkanal, Baji Rout was a member of Banar Sena (Children Wing) of the Prajamandal Andolan.
He was killed by the British for disobeying their orders by not ferrying them across Brahmani River on October 11, 1938.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also expressed his thankfulness to Virender Sehwag for remembering Baji Rout on the occasion of Childrens’ Day.
“Thank you @virendersehwag for remembering Saheed Baji Rout. His saga of bravery will inspire patriotism in children across generations’ #ChildrensDay,” said Naveeen Patnaik in a tweet message.
Union Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also expressed his gratitude to Virender Sehwag for remembering Baji Rout’s sacrifice.