People from different political parties and walks of life gathered at the Buxi Statue at Buxi Bazaar and his memorials at other places and paid tributes to the legendary.
Buxi Jagabandhu had been kept under house arrest by the British Government in the city for many years. He was martyred while in jail in the city.
Construction of a 15-feet bronze statue is currently going on at Buxi Bazaar at a snail’s pace. While the Government has sanctioned Rs 21 lakh three years back, delay in construction work has been resented by denizens.
Jagabandhu led Paika Bidroh against the British in 1817. Leading an army of 400 Kandha bowmen, he had managed to drive away British forces from Banapur and Ghumusar much before Sepoy Bidroh in 1857.
He spent last part of his life in Cuttack. He was lodged in a temporary jail at Baxi Bazaar Chhak. The British Government kept him under house arrest in 1825. Thus, the place has been named after Buxi Jagabandhu. He was martyred while in jail in 1829.
Among others, former BJD MLA Debashish Samantray, Congress leader Suresh Mohapatra and BJP activist Lalatendu Badu were present.
Leaders and people have demanded that the statue of Buxi Jagabandhu be completed well before his 250th year birth anniversary.