Bhubaneswar: Virender Sehwag, one of the most explosive batsmen of modern day cricket, on Tuesday remembered Odisha's freedom fighter Baji Rout on the occasion of Children’s Day.
In a tweet, Sehwag paid tributes to Baji Rout, the youngest Martyr of India’s freedom struggle.
"On this Children’s Day it’s time we know about Shaheed Baji Rout, from Nilakanthpur in Orissa, the youngest Martyr of India’s freedom struggle. At the age of 12, this young boy was on guard of a country boat and was ordered by the British troop to ferry them across river Brahamani,” Sehwag tweeted.
Born on October 5, 1926 in Nilakanthpur in Dhenkanal, Baji Rout was a member of Banar Sena (Children Wing) of the Prajamandal Andolan.
He was killed by the British for defying their orders by not ferrying them across Brahmani River on October 11, 1938.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the other hand thanked Virender Sehwag for remembering Baji Rout on the occasion of Children's Day.
“Thank you @virendersehwag for remembering Saheed Baji Rout. His saga of bravery will inspire patriotism in children across generations’ #ChildrensDay,” said Patnaik in a tweet message.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan also expressed his gratitude to Virender Sehwag for remembering Baji Rout's sacrifice.
"On behalf of the whole Odia Community, express my gratitude to @virendersehwag for remembering Baji Rout, the youngest Martyr of Indian Freedom Movement & sharing his story in detail. Baji Rout is the symbol of true Odia Pride & Veeru gave his bravery a global canvas today," Pradhan wrote in a tweet.