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Khedekar Babu

Raigad, Maharashtra

June 21, 2024 to June 21, 2026

Khedekar Babu was born in 1909 in Sheltoli village, Mahad tehsil, district Raigad (then Coulaba), Maharashtra. Growing up in a poor farmer's family, he imbibed patriotism from his teacher and freedom fighter, Nanasaheb Purohit. On 9 September 1942, he joined the Quit India movement, led by Krantisurya Nana Purohit in Valan valley, aimed at disrupting British rule by demoralizing the bureaucracy.

Khedekar Babu participated in a rebellion initiated by the Samajwadi group in Mahad, which aimed to establish a parallel government. He supported activists by providing food and shelter until they had to flee police detection, eventually shifting the movement to Valan valley. He took part in various marches and protests, including one where police opened fire, resulting in casualties. On September 10, 1942, he endured lathi charges during an attack on the Mamlatdar's office. Despite setbacks, the movement succeeded in seizing control of Mahad, forcing British officials to surrender. Later, he was arrested and sentenced to four months’ imprisonment.

After independence, Khedekar Babu was honoured by the Government of Maharashtra and received a freedom fighter's pension. His dedication to the cause of Indian independence, despite enduring hardship and imprisonment, stands as a testament to his commitment to the nation's freedom struggle. His life story reflects the relentless spirit and sacrifice of those who fought for India's independence.

Details mentioned in the Freedom Fighter Gazetteer, Government of Maharashtra

Source: Vijay Balasaheb Pawbake, Contributor for CCRT.