41 freedom fighters honoured on Goa Revolution Day

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Panaji, Jun 18 (UNI) Goa Governor S C Jamir, on the occasion of the state ''Revolution Day'' today, honoured 41 freedom fighters, few of them posthumously, during an official function held here at Azad Maidan.

It was on this day in 1946 that veteran freedom fighter and socialist leader Dr Ram Manohar Lohia gave a clarion call to the Goans to fight the colonial Portuguese regime at a meeting held in Margao.

Mr Jamir was accompanied by Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, Chief Secretary J P Singh and Director General of Police B S Brar, among others.

Several Cabinet colleagues, besides speaker Pratapsinh Rane and Leader of the Opposition Manohar Parrikar, also paid floral tributes at the martyrs' memorial.

Similar functions were organised at Lohia Maidan in Margao and Kranti Maidan in Ponda.

While exhorting the masses, the Governor said, ''Renew the pledge not only safeguard the hard earned freedom but also steadfastly work together for greater peace, progress and prosperity of the state in accordance with our national priorities and democratic aspirations.'' He also urged the people to strive for unity and integrity of the country to fight terrorism, militancy, communal violence and other anti-social and anti-national activities at a time, when the country had embarked on a great economic enterprise for becoming a super power.

The Chief Minister also urged the people to rededicate themselves and join hands for greater glory and prosperity of the state besides making it a model state in all aspects. He said he would solve problems of faced by freedom fighters.

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