Freedom fighter Pt Gauri Prasad passes away

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mandi
  • Updated: May 18, 2014 20:56 IST

The 94-year-old freedom fighter Pt Gauri Prasad, who breathed his last on Sunday, was cremated with full state of honour here.

Born in 1920 at Mandi, Prasad did his matriculation in Lahore in 1935 where he came in contact with several leaders of the freedom struggle belonging to the Indian National Congress (INC).

On his comeback from Lahore, he joined the 'Praja Mandal' movement in 1940-41, which aimed at including all princely states in the country and rebelled against the then king of Mandi state for which he was jailed for six months. The movement led by Himachal Pradesh founder Dr YS Parmar, who later became the first chief minister of the state.

Prasad remained public works department (PWD) minister in the Dr YS Parmar cabinet and later he joined social service and led the district and state unit of freedom fighters welfare association.

Leaders of various political parties, police personnel and a number of district administration officials were present at the cremation site as a mark of respect to the freedom fighter.

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