K'taka Governor honours freedom fighters

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Bangalore, Aug 9 (UNI) Over 300 freedom fighters were honoured by Karnataka Governor Rameshwar Thakur, who hosted a reception for them on the occasion of 66th anniversary of 'Quit India Movement' today.

An official of the Raj Bhavan said over 500 invitations were sent to the freedom fighters, but all could not attend the occasion as either they were dead or their addresses were not found.

Despite the advancing age with most of the invitees in their 80s or above, the freedom fighters took part in the function with enthusiasm and were seen exchanging pleasantries among themselves.

They spoke with utmost enthusiasm on how they participated in the freedom struggle and got beaten up by the police or about their 'stay' in the various prisons in the state.

Mr Thakur, who had once served six-month imprisonment in the then Calcutta prison, along with noted national heroes during the freedom struggle, presented all the invitees with shawls. They all were treated with 'kesar halwa' and hot and crisp 'masala dosa', along with hot beverages.

In Mysore, freedom fighters joined hands with school children in a procession to mark the anniversary.

Earlier, president of the Freedom Fighters Association Krishamurthy, hoisted the national flag at the park, where more than 25 freedom fighters from the district participated.

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