Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has announced on the occasion of Independence Day that he will search and honor the freedom fighters who fought for the freedom of Goa across the country. He said that even after the independence of the country in 1947, it is necessary to respect those who fought for the independence of Goa.
Addressing people on the occasion of Independence Day in Panaji, Sawant said, “We all know that the country became independent on 15 August 1947 but Goa, Daman Diu and Dadra Nagar Haveli were slaves of the Portuguese. Therefore India’s independence was incomplete. After this, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia, Jagannath Joshi, Azad Gomantak Dal, Vimochan Sahayak Samiti and many others fought together for the independence of Goa.
He said, on the 75th anniversary of independence, I declare that those who fought for the freedom of Goa will be respected. 70 families of people who participated in the 1955 Satyagraha will receive this honor. We had sent invitations to 28 families even today, out of which five are present here.
He said that a government school in the taluka where the Freedom Fighter would be honored would also be named after him. He said that the bravehearts of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and many other states also fought for the freedom of Goa.
Let us tell you that in the year 1954-55, a peaceful march was taken out for the independence of Goa. It was on 15 August 1944 that Alfres Afonso and other freedom fighters had hoisted the tricolor on the Tiracol Fort, which remained there for 22 years. After this, during March 1, shots were fired on the Goa border in which more than 70 people lost their lives.
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