Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today paid tribute to Shaheed Baji Rout, the youngest Martyr of India’s freedom struggle, on his birth anniversary.
Baji Rout is the youngest Indian martyr, having been killed at the age of twelve.
ଓଡ଼ିଶାର ବୀର ସ୍ଵାଧୀନତା ସଂଗ୍ରାମୀ, ଶହୀଦ ବାଜି ରାଉତଙ୍କ ଜୟନ୍ତୀରେ ମୋର ଶ୍ରଦ୍ଧାଞ୍ଜଳି। ଦେଶର ସର୍ବକନିଷ୍ଠ ଶହୀଦ ଭାବେ ମାତ୍ର ୧୨ ବର୍ଷ ବୟସରେ ସ୍ଵାଧୀନତା ପାଇଁ ତାଙ୍କ ବଳିଦାନ ଓ ବୀରତ୍ଵ ଚିର ସ୍ମରଣୀୟ ଏବଂ ପ୍ରେରଣାଦାୟୀ। pic.twitter.com/1EgqXK0gQx
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) October 5, 2019
Rout, who was a boat boy, was shot by British police when he refused to ferry them across the Brahmani River on the night of 11 October 1938 at Nila kanthapur Ghat, Bhuban, Dhenkanal district.