Nizamuddin, the driver of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, passed away at his native village in Azamgarh district on Monday morning. He was 117.

Colonel Nizamuddin, who had served in the Indian National Army from 1943-45, was one of the close aides of Netaji.

He is survived by his wife Habibunnisa, four sons and three daughters.

“Abba breathed his last around 4am when we went to ask for morning tea. He was doing well, though his memory started fading,” Akram Sheikh, son of Nizamuddin, told TOI.

Born in 1901, Nizamuddin served as a driver-cum-guard of Bose. He also accompanied him during his meeting with Hitler to seek help to secure freedom for India.

Expressing his grief over the sad demise of Nizamuddin, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “We will always remember the idealism, courage and patriotism of Colonel, which added strength to our freedom struggle.”

(With IANS inputs)