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Nilamani Samal

(1923 – ★) – (Odisha)

Nilamani Samal born on 23 February 1923 in Balipadia, Badachana, Jajapur, Odisha, India. He defied his family’s wishes and joined the freedom struggle during his student years. He actively participated in the padayatra led by Mahatma Gandhi from Bairi railway station in Jajpur on 21 May 1934, which culminated in Bhadrak on 7 June 1934.

Samal was a staunch follower of H.K. Mahatab, the towering Congress leader in the region. In August 1942, he participated in the Quit India Movement and was subsequently arrested by the British, serving a prison term of 3 years and 6 months. He played an exemplary role in promoting Khadi in the state.