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Lost in History: Raghu Nayak, who had captured Nathuram Godse in Mahatma Gandhi assassination

Today, the first terror attack in free India took place where Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi was killed. But do you know who caught killer Nathuram Godse?

On 30 January 1948, in the evening when Mahatma Gandhi came to address the all religion meeting in the garden of Birla House. At the same time, Nathuram Godse, a member of the Hindu Mahasabha came out of the crowd and came in the pathway of Mahatma Gandhi and shot three bullets from point blank range. Following it Mahatma Gandhi fell down and after some time he passed away.

But there was a courageous patriot in this whole event, who, without regard to his life, caught Nathuram Godse and then handed over him to the police. The brave man, Raghu Nayak, a resident of Odisha used to work as a gardener in Birla House at that time and was also inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s ideology.

Lost in the pages of history, Raghu Nayak was an example of bravery, who did not allow Nathuram Godse to escape from the scene and quickly swirled over him. After 1948, Rahu Nayak lived till 1983, but no one knew he lived except his family.

Today his family is survived by his wife, Mandodari Nayak and a daughter, who live in Jagulaipada village in Kendrapara district of Odisha.

Last year, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik came to know poor condition of the family after 33 years of Raghu Nayak’s death. After which he gave the assistance of Rs 5 lakh to the heroic family.

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