GUWAHATI, Jan 30 - Along with the rest of the country, Assam also observed Martyrs� Day with due solemnity today.
At a ceremonial function held in front of the Chief Minister�s Block at Assam Secretariat, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi led the State in paying homage to the martyrs of the freedom movement and Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi who attained martyrdom on this day in 1948.
A two-minute silence was observed in memory of those who laid down their lives in India�s freedom movement. Salami do and Ulte Shastr were carried out by the guards, followed by Shok Shastr. A siren was sounded, following which vehicular traffic on the city roads came to a standstill for two minutes. The brief ceremony ended with Baju Shastr played by the guards.
Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia, Additional Chief Secretary to CM, MGVK Bhanu and others, were present on the occasion.
�Homage to Father of the Nation and all those who sacrificed their lives in the freedom movement. Let us imbibe their ideals to defeat the divisive, fundamentalist forces to further strengthen peace, harmony and development,� Gogoi tweeted, said an official press release here.
The Assam Freedom Fighters� Association also observed Martyrs� Day at its office at Rupnagar, where the Chief Minister laid a floral wreath at the portrait of Mahatma Gandhi.