GUWAHATI, Jan 27 � The 62nd Republic Day was celebrated throughout the State on Wednesday with pomp and gaiety, ignoring the boycott call by militant groups.
Reports, filed by our correspondents from various parts of the State, have started pouring in:
At Badarpur: The 62nd Republic Day was celebrated here with much gaiety and enthusiasm. Flag hoisting and other functions were held at the Railway, government and non-government offices, clubs, organisations, schools, colleges, shops and business establishments.
The main function was held at the Badarpur Nabin Chandra College playground in the presence of distinguished citizens, intellectuals, officials, students and teachers. The Tricolour was hoisted by the Badarpur Circle Officer, Nirmal Kumar Debnath who inspected the guard of honour presented by the NCC, Scouts and Guides and police personnel.
The Badarpur BJP unit also celebrated the Republic Day.
In Karimganj at the Government Higher Secondary School playground, the national flag was hoisted by the Parliamentary Secretary (Finance), Ajit Sing. Sing inspected the march past and took the salute.
At Dhekiajuli: After long 30 years, the Saheed Nagar, Dhekiajuli celebrated the 62nd Republic Day with pomp and gaiety. Saubhagya Baruah, a veteran social worker, offered the swahid tarpan at the Swahid Stambha. Manoj Sikaria, circle officer, hoisted the national flag at the Sahid Maidan. Students of Netaji Bidya Mandir, Dhekiajuli High School and Shankardev Sishu Niketan presented cultural programmes. Jawans of 5/1 Gorkha Regiment presented the Khukri dance. The programme included art competition among school children and a friendly cricket match at the DSA playground.
At Morigaon: Rejecting the boycott call by militant groups, the people of Morigaon celebrated the 62nd Republic Day with enthusiasm. Amidst a huge gathering, the national flag was hoisted by Dr Nazrul Islam in the Tarun Ram Phookun playground here.
Addressing the gathering, Dr Islam said that the Indian democracy is a success story of the people and it cannot be jeopardised by the terrorists. Earlier, the minister paid tribute at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the Morigaon Gandhi Bhavan. In the open function, the ranger of Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary was felicitated for his contribution in conservation of forest and wildlife.
At Nalbari: Defying the boycott call given by militant outfit ULFA, the 62nd Republic Day was celebrated in Nalbari district with pomp and gaiety. In the central Republic Day function organised by the Nalbari district administration at the Gurdon HS School playground, Revenue Minister Dr Bhumidhar Barman hoisted the national Tricolour.
Dr Barman called upon the people to fight unitedly against the ongoing terrorism in the State. He also inspected the guard of honour presented by the police and schoolchildren. Cultural programmes were also held on the occasion.
At Diphu: The 62nd Republic Day was celebrated here under the aegis of the district administration with a day-long programme, an official release said.
Khor Sing Engti, Minister HAD, Vety. etc, unfurled the Tricolour amidst a huge gathering in spite of the bandh call by some organisations.
The minister mentioned development schemes for hill areas including the proposed establishment of a medical college, nurse training centre at Diphu and engineering college. He appealed to all for maintaining peace so that the State would prosper in the coming days.
The day-long celebrations started with the transmission of patriotic songs by DIPRO in the morning and ended with the beating retreat in the evening.
At Pandu: The 62nd Republic Day was celebrated in the Pandu-Maligaon area by a number of organisations, attracting huge crowds. The most spectacular celebration was at Piyoli Phukan Chow in Maligaon Chariali, jointly organised by the Citizens� Committee and the Village Defence Party. Dr Mahammed Taher, former HoD, Deptt of Geography, GU, hoisted the Tricolour.
The national flag was hoisted in the Jalukbari PS campus by Kamal Kr Rajbongshi, officer-in-charge of the station. The meeting was also addressed among others by Vivekananda Das, Deputy Supdt, Excise Deptt.
The Republic Day was also celebrated at Anandanagar, Rest Camp, New Colony, Barabazar, Triangular Colony, Adabari, etc.
At Lumding: Lumding celebrated the 62nd Republic Day at Saheed Field (central Lumding) peacefully. The national flag was hoisted by Narendra Chandra Talukdar, BDO, Lumding in the presence of a number of people including office-bearers of Cong(I) police personnel and many other dignitaries.
All other Central Government offices particularly Railway offices, State Govt offices, educational institutions other non-governmental organisations, associations, banks, individual shops and business organisations celebrated the day.
At Bihpuria: The 62nd Republic Day was celebrated at Bihpuria in front of the town committee office. The in-charge circle officer of Bihpuria circle hoisted the national flag. The day passed off peacefully.
At Golaghat: The 62nd Republic Day was celebrated at the Golaghat Samannaya Pathar with a day-long programme. By hoisting the Tricolour, Ajanta Neog, Minister, PWD, underlined that India had been recognised as a great democratic country in the world. She underlined the implementation of different government schemes.
Earlier, the minister offered her tribute at the statue of Mahanta Gandhi and Swahid Kushal Konwar. In the function, several freedom fighters were felicitated. Farmers, successful businessmen, SHGs, child scientists and artists were awarded prizes and certificates.
At Kokrajhar: The 62nd Republic Day was celebrated with gaiety and enthusiasm at Kokrajhar.
The day was celebrated with various programmes which included prabhat pheri, playing of patriotic songs, garlanding at the Swahid Bedi, felicitation, award of certificates, distribution of fruits, cricket matches, etc.
The national flag was hoisted by Hagrama Mohilary, chief of the BTC, in the presence of a huge gathering in the Govt HS and MP School playground. He appealed to the armed outfits, particularly the anti-talk faction of the NDFB to shun the path of violence and come forward for peace talks. The BTC chief also received the guard of honour.
At Goalpara: 13th Battalion Sikh Regiment of Red Horns Division celebrated the Republic Day in Goalpara district. The National flag was hoisted in various schools and villages in Dariduri, Darka, Baida and Tikrikilla.
In a function, organised at Block Development Office Block Lakhipur, Col OP Pandey CO 13 Sikh hoisted the National flag and inspected the guard of honour presented by troops of 13 Sikh.
At Barpeta: Deputy Commissioner, Barpeta, Phanidhar Kalita unfurled the national Tricolour in the playground of Barpeta Government Higher Secondary School and inspected the guard of honour. The Deputy Commissioner gave a detailed account of the development and welfare schemes of the Government implemented in Barpeta district.
At Hailakandi: Excise and Border Areas Development Minister Gautam Roy unfurled the national flag in the main programme of the Republic Day at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose stadium in Hailakandi. Roy urged the youth community to follow the path shown by the freedom fighters.
He said that the militant groups have understood that the solution to their problems is not the gun culture and expressed willingness to come for negotiations.
He also distributed power tillers, low pumps, etc., among the beneficiaries.
At Rangiya: The 62nd Republic Day was celebrated at Rangiya HSS playground here. The national flag was hoisted by the chief guest on the occasion, Uttara Kalita, local MLA of Kamlapur LAC, who was given a warm guard of honour. A colourful parade was presented by Assam Police battalions, NCC troupes from colleges and schools and Scouts & Guides. Later, veteran freedom fighters of the locality were felicitated and honoured, followed by a patriotic cultural show presented by the school students. SDO (civil) Mahmud Hassan, SDPO Mrinal Deka, and other govt. officials were present on the occasion.
At Kalaigaon: The 62nd Republic Day was celebrated at Tangla and Kalaigaon with gaiety. DN Hazarika, circle officer, Harisinga revenue circle, Tangla unfurled the Tri-colour at Tangla Higher Secondary play ground. Fifteen contingents from various schools of Tangla took part in march-past which was followed by various folk cultural programmes including Kherai and Koch-Rajbongshi folk dance. Bijoy Das, Rudra Kotowal, Mukta Ram Das, Gautam Naag, Bikram Prasad Saikia, Umesh Chandra Deka and Jonas Sangma were felicitated on the occasion for their outstanding service to the people.
At Kalaigaon: Dinamoni Das, circle officer, Kalaigaon Revenue Circle hoisted the national flag at Gandhi Bakori playground. This was followed by various cultural and sports events. At Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Kalaigaon, Madhab Sarma, principal of the school, unfurled the Tricolour.
At Namup: Namrup, an industrial belt of Assam, witnessed the observance of the Republic Day in its industrial houses and educational institutions with pomp and gaiety. In APL, the Tricolour was hoisted by R Bordoloi, MD. At the BVFCL Gandhi Field, the flag was hoisted by the CMD of BVFCL.
At Tezpur: The 62nd Republic Day was celebrated centrally at the Nehru Maidan here with pomp and gaiety under tight security.
Minister for Fishery and Irrigation Nurjamal Sarkar unfurled the national flag and received the guard of honour presented by SSB, Assam Police, Home guard, ITBP, NCC of Tezpur College, Darrang College and Government Boys� HS School.
In the programme, altogether 26 personalities including cultural activists, journalist, farmers, fish farmers Anganwadi workers were felicitated and Trishnamoni Laskar was awarded with district level best youth leader 2009/10 under Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Ministry of Youth of and Affairs, Govt of India.
At North Lakhimpur: The 62nd Republic Day of India was celebrated in North Lakhimpur with traditional pomp and ceremony. The official function of the day began with the hoisting of the National Flag by Bharat Narah, Minister for Cultural Affairs, Youth and Sports, Govt. of Assam at the playground of North Lakhimpur Govt. HS School in North Lakhimpur. Narah also welcomed the latest peace moves by various militant outfits of Assam and commented that peace did not come with the rattle of the gun. The minister also spoke about various welfare and developmental schemes by the State Government for the public in his address. Minister Narah also announced the setting up of Zonki-Panoi Kala Kshetra in memory of Rajani Kanta Bordoloi�s epic novel Miri-Jiyari in North Lakhimpur. He also announced the construction of geo-tube embankments for the Ranganadi and Dikrong river in Lakhimpur. The minister took the salute of the parade and inspected the guard of honour led by Gayatree Konwar, DSP, Lakhimpur.
At Kamalabari: The 62nd Republic Day was celebrated in Majuli subdivision on amid fervour and enthusiasm. Rajiv Lochan Pegu, MLA and Parliamentary secretary for Water Resources, Assam took the salute and hoisted the national flag at the court field at Garamur, in front of a large gathering. He highlighted the welfare programmes of his government. Several social workers, educationists, players and brilliant students were felicitated in the function.
At Mushalpur: The official programme of Republic Day the celebration in Baksa district was centrally organised at Baksa SP office parade ground at Bathoupuri, Mushalpur.
Babul Chandra Barbaruah, DC, Baksa hoisted the tri-colour in the presence of Maneswar Brahma, MLA, No. 62 Barama LAC, Thaneswar Basumatary, MLA, No. 63 Chapaguri LAC, Moon Singh Brahma, MCLA, No. 23 Dihira BTCLAC, Rana Bhuyan, SP, Baksa, freedom fighters, local intellectuals besides the public freedom fighters, senior citizens and farmers were feted on the occasion. The celebration was marked by multilingual cultural programmes.
At Haflong: Amidst tight security, the 62nd Republic Day was celebrated at different places of North Cachar Hills with patriotic fervour.
At Haflong Debajet Thaosen, Chief Executive Member, Dima Hasao Autonomous Council, hoisted the national tri-colour in the presence of a huge public gathering at NL Daolagupu sports complex in the presence of Deputy Commissioner, superintendent of police and army officials. Before unfurling the tri-colour, Thaosen along with DC, Dilip Barthakur and SP V Ramisetty and others offered floral tribute to the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi.
The Republic Day here celebration in NC Hills passed off peacefully.