Balasore (Orissa)Jan 11(Agencies):Veteran freedom fighter and former
MLA Rabindra Nath Das died here on Tuesday following prolonged illness,
He was 99 and is survived by a daughter.Das was  ill and bed-ridden for the last couple of
months and passed away at his residence this morning.

Born in February 1912, Das left studies and joined the
salt satyagraha movement against British rule at the call of
Mahatma ndhi in 1930.During the Quit India movement in 1942, he was jailed for
three years along with his wife Godavari Devi.
 
He left Indian National Congress and became one of the
founder members of the Socialist Party in Orissa in 1930 and
was its first president was elected to Orissa Legislative Assembly twice,
from Balasore Assembly constituency in 1957 and 1967,from PSP