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Freedom Fighter Doreswamy Passes Away At 103 Due To COVID-19

Bengaluru: Freedom fighter H S Doreswamy, who recently recovered from COVID-19, died of cardiac arrest at a hospital in Bengaluru on Wednesday afternoon.

The 103-year-old Gandhian was recently admitted to Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research in Bengaluru due to post-Covid complications, The Indian Express reported.

Born in Bengaluru on April 10, 1918, Harohalli Srinivasaiah Doreswamy had participated in the Quit India movement and Vinoba Bhave’s Bhoodan movement. He was also a familiar figure in civil society movements in Karnataka as he had campaigned to revive lakes in Bengaluru.

A physics and maths teacher, Doreswamy joined the freedom struggle in June 1942, on Mahatma Gandhi’s call. He was also jailed for arson but was released in 1943.

Among the other causes he took up were the protests against the Kaiga nuclear plant in north Karnataka and the rights of landless farmers.

In 2014, Doreswamy and slain journalist Gauri Lankesh were part of a civil society platform that helped Naxalites return to the mainstream, the report added.

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