The Odisha government on 12 May handed over a cheque for Rs 5 lakh to the widow of Raghuram Nayak, who captured Nathuram Godse, 33 years after his (Nayak) death.
Now 67 years later, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik handed over the cheque for Rs 5 lakh to Mandodari Nayak and presented her a shawl at the secretariat here.
She was accompanied by the district collector of Kendrapara district and her family members. The financial assistance was given to Mandodari Nayak from the chief minister’s relief fund, officials said.
Former President Rajendra Prasad gave a princely sum of Rs 500 to Raghu Nayak for displaying extraordinary courage by former President Rajendra Prasad.
The state government, according to the CMO, decided to provide financial aid to Nayak’s widow when it came to know about her after it came to know about her financial hardship.
Nayak died in 1983. Resident of Jagulaipada village of Kendrapara district, Nayak , worked as a gardener at Birla House in Delhi where Godse had opened fire on Mahatma Gandhi on 30 January 1948. Though he could not save Gandhi he chased down Godse and overpowered him.
Residents of Jagulaipada erected a memorial pillar in Nayak’s memory in 2005 with assistance from German automobile maker Daimler-Chrysler.
His family members and residents of his village lament that history has failed to give the brave man his due.