Surendra Sai’s war against the British
Surendra Sai was an Indian freedom fighter who sacrificed his life fighting against the British and died in obscurity.
The role of Veer Surendra Sai in the resistance movement of Sambalpur against the British colonialism is a landmark in the history of freedom movement of Orissa (Odisha). The achievements of Surendra Sai and his uncommon heroism for the safety of the tribal people of Sambalpur have few parallels in the history of India.
Surendra Sai was a born rebel and an uncompromising enemy of the British Authority. Surendra Sai popularly known as Surendra, was born in the Chauhan family of Rajpur-Khinda. His father Dharam Singh was a descendant of Aniruddha Sai, son of Madhukara Sai, the fourth Chauhan Raja of Sambalpur. The member of this Sai family demanded the throne, being the next to the main line of Sambalpur after the demise of Maharaja Sai in 1827 AD.
Surendra Sai and his associates Madho Singh, Kunjal Singh, Airi Singh, Bairi Sing, Uddant Sai, Ujjal Sai, Khageswar Dao, Salegram Bariha, Govind Singh, Pahar Singh, Rajee Ghasia, Kamal Singh, Hati Singh, Salik Ram Bariha, Loknath Panda/Gadtia, Mrutunjaya Panigrahi, Jagabandu Hota, Padmanave Guru, Trilochan Panigrahi and many others resisted the British and successfully protected most parts of Western Odisha region for some time from the British rule. Most of them died unnoticed fighting for freedom from the British. Many of them were hanged by the British; a few died in the Cellular Jail in the Andamans. Surendra Sai himself died in Asirgarh Jail on 28 February 1884.