Raghu Nayak who showed exemplary courage in capturing Mahatma Gandhi’s killer Nathuram Godse. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik handed over the cheque of Rs. 5 lakh to Raghu Nayak’s wife Mandodari Nayak and felicitated her by presenting a shawl.
Raghu, a resident of Jagulaipada village of Kendrapara district, was working as a gardener at Birla House in Delhi where Godse had opened fire on Gandhiji on January 30, 1948. Though he could not save the leader, he was the first to chase down Godse and overpower him.
Raghu Nayak had died in 1983, their son also passed away some years later and Mandodari now stays with her daughter.
Raghu Nayak was awarded Rs 500 during his lifetime for his extraordinary courage by former President Rajendra Prasad.
The residents of Jagulaipada erected a memorial pillar in Nayak’s memory in 2005 with assistance from German automobile maker Daimler-Chrysler.
The only book where Raghu’s bravery finds a mention is ‘Mahatma Gandhi – The Last Phase’, a biography of the Father of the Nation written by his private secretary Pyarelal.