29 October 2019
Bhubaneswar: Odisha CM paid homage to the great revolutionary and freedom fighter Saheed Jayee Rajguru on his birth anniversary. He tweeted in Odia: His supreme sacrifice, I salute his unmatched patriotism, fearless rebel attitude makes him inspirational and live in the hearts of all countrymen.”
Jaykrushna Rajguru Mahapatra, popularly known as Jayee Rajguru, was fearless patriot under whose leadership the Paika Bidroha (Paika Rebellion) was launched in 1804, which is also known as the Khurda Rising. He was hanged by the British East India Company in 1806 for his act.
The State Government has been demanding the recognition of this rebellion as the first War of Independence, and not the Sepoy Mutiny that occurred in 1857.