JORHAT, Feb 11 � All Tai Ahom Students� Union (ATASU), Jorhat district Committee today carried out an eviction drive on the historic Hatigarh which was encroached by some people and constructed both concrete and temporary structures on it. Some encroachers even dared to carry on cultivation work on the Hatigarh.
Talking to this correspondent, Rajib Gogoi, joint general secretary, Jorhat district committee of ATASU, said that though the organization requested the government and district administration repeatedly to save the historic monument, they paid a deaf ear to it. Taking advantage of it some businessmen have encroached a portion of the Hatigarh and built up concrete building near the NH-37. So, the organization had to undertake the eviction drive to save the historic monument.
The Hatigarh was built during the reign of Swargadeu Pratapshingha aiming to capture 1000 elephants. The route along which the Garh was made was identified as an elephant corridor during that time. The wild elephants, coming down from Naga Hills were directed by the artificially made Hatigarh to the historic �Hatisal�, near Neamati where ultimately they were captured and trained.