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Freedom fighter Vasantrao Gurjar passes away at 103

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Centenarian Vasant Vasudev Gurjar (Bondre) aged 103 passed away on Friday evening at Belagavi.

He was the founder of the Karadhe Brahman Sangh, Senior citizens forum and has actively participated in the Quit India movement.

In 2015 President of India Pranab Mukherjee had honored Vasantrao on his 100th birthday at the Rashtrapati Bhavan for his contribution to the freedom struggle.

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Vasantrao who left school early joined the freedom struggle at a very young age and he was even arrested for three times. He later joined the Congress took an active part in the various activities. He had picketed liquor shops and then was imprisoned for a month for selling salt. He then had to shift to Gandhi Asharm at Hudli as his father refused to take him home, where he stayed for a couple of years. After the death of his father in 1934, he commenced a small handloom factory and from 1944 to 1972 he successfully run a cloth store in Ramdev Galli and later During the Quit India Movement, he was again imprisoned for 8 months.

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