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Revolt against British Rule started in Chhattisgarh way before the 'first war of independence in India' : Dr Raman Singh

Chief Minister commemorated martyrs of freedom movement in 'Raman Ke Goth'

Anti-Naxal Operation in Bastar yielding decisive results

'Raman Ke Goth' completes one year

Raipur, 14 August 2016

 Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh extended hearty wishes of 'Suraaji Tihaar' (Independence Day) in the 12th episode of his monthly radio programme 'Raman Ke Goth', aired from Akashwani today. Dr Singh talked in detail about the various important incidents of India's freedom movement that took place in Chhattisgarh. He commemorated the martyrdom of great warriors of Chhattisgarh during freedom movement, and paid tribute to all the martyrs of state and nation. He said that in year 1857, a major protest against injustice and atrocity of British rulers broke out across the country, which we term as 'first movement of Independence'. But in Chhattisgarh revolt against British rulers had commenced in year 1824, around 33 years before this 'first war of independence in 1857'. In the same sequence, he mentioned about Veer Gaid Singh of Abujhmad, saying that in year 1824, Veer Gaid Singh was teaching guerrilla warfare to forest dwellers of Paralkot. As British ruler came to know about this, he had sent force under the leadership of Colonel Aganue. Gaid Singh's army fought fiercely, but he was eventually arrested and hanged to death at Paralkot Palace on January 10, 1825. Dr Raman Singh especially mentioned about great struggle and sacrifices of Veer Narayan Singh of Sonakhan. About the armed rebellion that took place under the leadership of Thakur Hanuman Singh, sepoy of Third Regular Regiment, Dr Singh said that 17 Indian sepoys of this revolt were blown from cannon publicly at Police Line Raipur. Dr Raman Singh also talked about Muriya Rebellion of Bastar in year 1876 and 'Bhoomkal' revolt of Bastar led by Veer Gundadhur in year 1910. He said that 'Taana Bhagat' movement that started from Bihar in year 1918 had spread its flames to Sarguja region as well and many freedom fighters were martyred during that revolt movement. Dr Raman Singh also commemorated Mahatma Gandhi's visit to Chhattisgarh in year 1920 and 1933, during India's freedom movement. In the same sequence, he remembered the sacrifices and contribution of Pt. Sundarlal Sharma, Madhav Rao Sapre, Mahant Lakshmi Narayan Das, Thakur Pyarelal Singh, Pt. Vamanrao Lakhe, Dr. Khubchand Baghel, Indru Kewat, Dr. Radhabai, Mini Mata and many such freedom fighters.

Chief Minister said that 'Raman Ke Goth' has completed one year of broadcast. In this one year, we have received immense blessings, suggestions and support from our listeners. About development journey of state, Chief Minister said- efforts and initiatives of his government in last one decade has resulted in development of tribal areas of Chhattisgarh to a greater extend. State Government has made effective and consolidated efforts for education and security along with overall development. Chief Minister said that Sarguja region has got rid of Left Wing Extremism (LWE) completely and now in Bastar also, anti-naxal operations are yielding decisive results. He said that on State Government's initiative, Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Mr. Rajnath Singh have decided to constitute 'Bastariya Battalion' in CRPF. I see valour of this region connected with its historical background. Chief Minister said- earlier the residents of tribal areas could not join security forces, as they couldn’t match certain physical parameters. Now for selection in 'Bastariya Battalion', they will get relaxation on such eligibility criteria of physique. In this battalion, 744 local youth of four districts of Bastar Division- Bijapur, Dantewada, Narayanpur and Sukma- will be recruited, so that they may repeat their history of valour and courage. Dr Singh said- I believe that descendants of the great warriors like Gaid Singh, Gundadhur and others will get the opportunity to serve the nation through 'Bastariya Battalion'. In his radio programme, Chief Minister thanked listeners of 'Raman Ke Goth' for their letters and suggestions.