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Archaeological site remains neglected 3 years after excavation

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PHULBARI, July 24 - An archaeological site, which was discovered in Bhitoripaam village in Phulbari-Bokanodi under Nowboicha LAC in Lakhimpur district on May 2, 2015, is still in a neglected condition due to the apathy of the district administration and the State Archaeology department and Archaeological Survey of India.

The ancient monument was accidentally recovered by one Dilip Upadhyay, son of Tika Prasad Upadhyay of the village in the backyard of his house while digging a well on that day. The news of the discovery of some artifacts spread rapidly and people rushed to the place and dug out some statues and ruins belonging to the ancient period. The antique artifacts included a broken beam with three statues, some pillars and other parts of architectural patterns.

The Lakhimpur district administration imposed Section 144 of CrPC in that area at that time to prevent any distortion of the ancient monuments recovered in Dilip Upadhyay�s land. A team of ASI and Assam Archaeological department visited the place on May 5 of that year and made some excavations in that area. The excavation works continued till June, 2015 until the monsoon season. Since then, no excavation work has been done during the last three years and the land of Dilip Upadhyaya has been occupied by the State Archeology department.

Local people and Bhitoripam Sila Murti Khanan and Sangrakhan Committee have expressed strong resentment over the government�s lack of interest toward the site. They also have submitted memorandums to the Chief Minister and Lakhimpur MP over the issue but without any effect. No compensation has been given to Dilip Upadhyaya, the owner of the land so far. The poor road condition to the place also reflects the apathy of the State government as it is in a sensitive border area.

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Archaeological site remains neglected 3 years after excavation

PHULBARI, July 24 - An archaeological site, which was discovered in Bhitoripaam village in Phulbari-Bokanodi under Nowboicha LAC in Lakhimpur district on May 2, 2015, is still in a neglected condition due to the apathy of the district administration and the State Archaeology department and Archaeological Survey of India.

The ancient monument was accidentally recovered by one Dilip Upadhyay, son of Tika Prasad Upadhyay of the village in the backyard of his house while digging a well on that day. The news of the discovery of some artifacts spread rapidly and people rushed to the place and dug out some statues and ruins belonging to the ancient period. The antique artifacts included a broken beam with three statues, some pillars and other parts of architectural patterns.

The Lakhimpur district administration imposed Section 144 of CrPC in that area at that time to prevent any distortion of the ancient monuments recovered in Dilip Upadhyay�s land. A team of ASI and Assam Archaeological department visited the place on May 5 of that year and made some excavations in that area. The excavation works continued till June, 2015 until the monsoon season. Since then, no excavation work has been done during the last three years and the land of Dilip Upadhyaya has been occupied by the State Archeology department.

Local people and Bhitoripam Sila Murti Khanan and Sangrakhan Committee have expressed strong resentment over the government�s lack of interest toward the site. They also have submitted memorandums to the Chief Minister and Lakhimpur MP over the issue but without any effect. No compensation has been given to Dilip Upadhyaya, the owner of the land so far. The poor road condition to the place also reflects the apathy of the State government as it is in a sensitive border area.

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