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Gurubari Meher

(★ – 1947) – (Odisha)

Gurubari Meher was killed on January 28, 1947, while fighting against a raja in India as part of the struggle to end British rule. This happened a few months before India became independent. The then-princely state government of Sonepur, which is in the Subarnapur district of Odisha, India, had unleashed a reign of terror at Binika. As a result, the people rose in revolt against the king for his pro-British stance. Nearly 20,000 freedom fighters, led by Gurubari Meher, organized a mass movement against the king. The police responded with a baton charge, and subsequently, the woman leader of the movement was shot dead by the police.