SIVASAGAR, Aug 10 - It was exactly 27 years ago that a veteran journalist was dragged out of his Melachakar residence here, i.e., on August 9, 1991 by ULFA.
Abducted at gun point, the journalist was brutally killed inside the car they were travelling in.
His body was dumped near Amguri Police Station, sending ominous signals to the Press that marauders are out on the streets. The people hoped that the law would take it�s own course and the murderers would be caught and punished. But expectations grew thinner with each passing year and now the people of Sivasagar and media fraternity hope the court will take up the matter and deliver justice, though a little late.
Speakers addressing the commemorative meeting held at the Muktinath Chariali here on the occasion of the journalist�s 27th death anniversary on Thursday expressed the hope that Kamala Saikia�s contributions and supreme sacrifice will not go in vain.
Addressing the meeting organised by Aakya and Sivasagar District Journalists� Association, Sarat Hazarika, Education Secretary, AASU, said that as a journalist Kamala Saikia was one in a million, undaunted and committed to the service of the downtrodden.
Inamul Hazarika, secretary of Sivasagar Press Club, in his address said that it is a matter of shame for the State police that even after 27 years the murderers of Kamala Saikia are roaming free. Writer Samsul Barik said that the civil society can now approach the court for review of the case and demand justice.
Dr Saumerjyoti Mahanta, Principal of Sivasagar Commerce College said that Kamala Saikia will remain a leading light for the young generation of media people.
Manoj Borthakur, honorary vice president of Sivasagar District Journalists� Association, said that whenever the society arrives at a very crucial juncture, heroes like Kamala Saikia often emerge and steer the society back on the path of peace through their supreme sacrifice.
Jamaluddin Ahmed compered the programme and delivered the vote of thanks. Raju Das, Pibujit Chetia, Biswa Baruah and women members of Aakya lit 101 earthen lamps near the portrait of the journalist martyr and paid tributes.