Freedom fighter Debeswar Doloi

Freedom fighter Debeswar Doloi, who was a founder and former president of Asom Rajyik Mukti Joddha Sanmilan, passed away at at his Kushal Nagar residence at Jorhat in Assam on Thursday.

Doloi was instrumental in forming freedom fighters association units in every district of Assam under the Asom Rajyik Mukti Joddha Sanmilan.

He was also president of the Jorhat unit.

Doloi who was 98, leaves behind his wife, four sons, two daughters and grandchildren.

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The freedom fighter from Assam was a Gandhian and had participated in the Quit India Movement protest against British rule in 1942 at Teok when he was a student.

Doloi was imprisoned in the Jorhat  jail for seven months along with other freedom fighters from Assam like Pitambar Devo Goswami of Garmur Satra, Majuli,  litterateur Baghmibor Nilomoni Phukan, Harijan bondhu Krishna Nath Sarmah, Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, who later became President of India, social reformer Sonaram Chutia and Hari Narayan Baruah.

Doloi along with another freedom fighter Tileswar Bordoloi, had co-edited a book on the freedom movement of in Assam.

His demise has been widely mourned here.

Jorhat deputy commissioner Ashok Kumar Barman expressed his sorrow at Doloi’s death and conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family.

Smita Bhattacharyya

Smita Bhattacharyya is Northeast Now Correspondent in Jorhat. She can be reached at: