GUWAHATI, Jan 30 - Martyrs' Day was observed at Janata Bhawan today in a befitting manner where a ceremonial function was held in front of the CM's Block at Janata Bhawan, Dispur.
At first, floral wreaths were laid before the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi, which was led by Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia, followed by the other dignitaries. Two minutes' silence was observed in memory of the freedom fighters.
Along with placing of floral wreaths, Salami Do and Ulte Shastr as well as Shok Shastr were given by the Guard and Last Post was being played by the buglers. From 10.59 am to 11 am, a siren was sounded where all the people present stood up and observed two minutes' silence till a clear siren was sounded at 11.02 am. The programme was attended by all officers and staff of the Assam Secretariat, Janata Bhawan.
Meanwhile, at a meeting organised by the Left and Democratic Mancha, Assam, at the Lakhidhar Bora Kshetra here today on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Mahatma Gandhi, noted scholar Dr Hiren Gohain recalled the time when the news of Gandhi's assassination reached this part of the country.
�The news of the assassination of the Mahatma was received by the people of Guwahati with heavy hearts. A pall of gloom descended in the Guwahati localities as soon as the news of the Mahatma�s assassination spread. It caused great shock to the people of the entire nation.
�We were children at that time and were witness to the grief expressed by the elders, who described the killing of the Mahatma as a heinous crime and viewed his death as an irreparable loss. Everyone we knew was condemning the RSS for this heinous deed of one of their cohorts Nathuram Godse.�
The meeting was also addressed by Prof Apurba Baruah, Udayaditya Bharali, ex-Minister Ramani Barman, Hafiz Rashid Ahmed Choudhury, Dr Ramesh Chandra Kalita, Uddhab Barman, among others.
The 70th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Mahatma was also observed at the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) headquarters here today. Congress leaders and members took the pledge to continue their fight against the communal forces at a function held on the occasion.
Congress members also held similar functions at their district and block-level offices on the occasion, stated an APCC press release.