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    Chaube demands shifting of high mast light, name boards hiding Shahid Kakde’s statue

    Shahid Kakde’s statue
    Nagpur:
    Senior scribe and social activist Umesh Chaube has submitted a memorandum to the Mayor Nanda Jichkar demanding shifting of high mast light and some name boards that are hiding the frontage of statue of Amar Shahid Krushnarao Kakde situated at Mayo Hospital Square.

    The statue of Shahid Kakde was earlier installed in the middle of Mayo Hospital Square a few years back. But now since the proposed Metro Rail route is passing through the spot, the statue was shifted and installed in front of nearby Chandralok Building. But the facade of the statue is getting hidden by the high mast light, traffic signal, CCTV camera pole and name boards of areas. This fact amounted to insult of Amar Shahid Krushnarao Kakde, Chaube stated in his memorandum.

    Every year, on August 13, Shahid Kakde is remembered by his followers on his martyrdom. On a “Karo ya Maro” (Do or Die) agitation call of Mahatma Gandhi, Krushnarao Kakde had on August 13, 1942, challenged British forces that had arrived after a post office, situated in front of Ram Mandir, was looted. The bugle master of Hindusthani Lal Sena Kakde led from the front and dared the Captain of British forces to fire on his open chest. The coward Captain fired bullets and thus Kakde became a martyr. Kakde faced bullets for freedom of his motherland, Chaube said.

    According to Chaube, shifting of Shahid Kakde’s statue from middle of the square was necessary for Metro Rail project. It was shifted and installed in front of nearby Chandralok Building. But the high mast light, traffic signal, CCTV camera pole and name boards of areas are shadowing the frontage of the statue making it ‘invisible.’ The area Corporator Dayashankar Tiwari had assured to look into the matter but nothing has been done as yet, Chaube lamented in his memorandum submitted to the Mayor Jichkar.


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