Snehalaya's former trustee and the veteran freedom fighter, dedicated social worker Dalit Mitra Awardee and recipient of the model teacher Award M.V.Devchakke died on 23rd, March, 2006 at 7.15 am here of old age after a short illness. He was 89 and is survived by three sons.
Born on 24th, Sept. 1918, in a middle class family, Shri. Devchakke had strong resentment against any sort of injustice since his childhood and took part in freedom struggle in his school days and in the 'Quite India movement'. Some years after independence he gave his time for the upliftment of dalits and started Jyotiba Phule Hostel and night classes for them. He was associated with many institutions in the city and fought against the odds at every level for any class of the society. In his eighteen he started organization for the rag pickers also.
With a real spirit of patriotism and national integration he would tell Muslim brothers to join the main stream and that if Pakistan drops bomb it would not spare Muslims and Muslims should come forward themselves to fight against illiteracy and other social evils in the community.
He was the president of Freedom fighters organisation, Patwardhan Smarak Samiti and remained active social worker fighting for individual problems and visiting Govt. Officials, political leaders etc.
He was a secondary school teacher and Head Master ar A.E. Society's High School and student favoured teahcer.
The funeral took place here today noon at Amar Dham. Many notable personalities paid homage to the departed soul. The guardian minister Balasaheb Thorat, the minister Jayant patil also expressed condolence over the sad demise of the freedom fighter.