96-year-old freedom fighter Krishna Devi passes away

Top socialist and political leaders of the region condoled the death of 96-year-old freedom fighter Krishna Devi due to a heart attack in Rajasthan’s Bharatpur on Friday evening.

According to her son, Professor Sanjay Sharma, she used to organize ‘Prabhat Pheri’ at Lyallpur (Pakistan), the birthplace of Shaheed Bhagat Singh, to create awareness among the masses during the freedom struggle. During the Emergency, his socialist leader and former MP Pandit Ramkishan were put behind bars.

“The then Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Hari Dev Joshi, urged her to request her husband’s release. But he refused, saying that the freedom fighters did not beg for release from jail,” recalls Sanjay Sharma, a former journalist. Krishna Devi’s elder brother Rudra Dutt Shastri was also a freedom fighter and had to face the wrath of the British for participating in the struggle.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and former UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav have also condoled his death.

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