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Dr Hazarika to be cremated on GU plot

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Nov 7 � The controversy over the cremation ground of Dr Bhupen Hazarika, the legendary musician, has come to an end with the decision of the State Government to perform the last rites of the celebrated bard on the plot of land offered by the Gauhati University (GU) authorities near the Jalukbari square. The piece of land is located opposite the Jalukbari Police Outpost.

GU Vice-Chancellor Prof Okhil Kumar Medhi told The Assam Tribune this evening that the State Government has conveyed its above decision to the university authorities after its senior officials inspected the site.

Government spokesman and Agriculture Minister Nilamani Sen Deka confirmed the Government decision to cremate Dr Hazarika at the GU land, stating that Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had announced this decision of the Government at a function held at the Rajiv Bhawan here this evening.

The reasons for selecting the GU plot of land cited by the Government is that it is spacious and located by the National Highway just near the Jalukbari square. A cultural centre can be developed on this land in the near future.

Moreover, the cremation of the maestro at the GU plot of land has the potential to inspire the young generations of the State�s people and the area has a good atmosphere, said the Minister.

The Government had yesterday decided to cremate Dr Hazarika at the Bharalumukh Sankardev Uddyan. But this decision was resented by various sections of the people since it was made public last evening.

Today, when the news of the offer made by the GU family on the plot of land for cremation of the bard�s mortal remains appeared in The Assam Tribune, the number of opponents to yesterday�s Government decision on the issue swelled. This made the Government send several senior officials, led by the Chief Secretary, to visit the GU plot of land.

The GU Vice-Chancellor said the family members of Dr Hazarika have verbally conveyed to the GU authorities their approval to this decision.

This piece of land, measuring around 10 bighas, is now being spruced up by the State Public Works Department (PWD) under the supervision of the GU authorities.

The university is ready to hand over another 30 to 40 bighas of land adjacent to the plot if the situation so demands, said the Vice-Chancellor.

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Dr Hazarika to be cremated on GU plot

GUWAHATI, Nov 7 � The controversy over the cremation ground of Dr Bhupen Hazarika, the legendary musician, has come to an end with the decision of the State Government to perform the last rites of the celebrated bard on the plot of land offered by the Gauhati University (GU) authorities near the Jalukbari square. The piece of land is located opposite the Jalukbari Police Outpost.

GU Vice-Chancellor Prof Okhil Kumar Medhi told The Assam Tribune this evening that the State Government has conveyed its above decision to the university authorities after its senior officials inspected the site.

Government spokesman and Agriculture Minister Nilamani Sen Deka confirmed the Government decision to cremate Dr Hazarika at the GU land, stating that Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had announced this decision of the Government at a function held at the Rajiv Bhawan here this evening.

The reasons for selecting the GU plot of land cited by the Government is that it is spacious and located by the National Highway just near the Jalukbari square. A cultural centre can be developed on this land in the near future.

Moreover, the cremation of the maestro at the GU plot of land has the potential to inspire the young generations of the State�s people and the area has a good atmosphere, said the Minister.

The Government had yesterday decided to cremate Dr Hazarika at the Bharalumukh Sankardev Uddyan. But this decision was resented by various sections of the people since it was made public last evening.

Today, when the news of the offer made by the GU family on the plot of land for cremation of the bard�s mortal remains appeared in The Assam Tribune, the number of opponents to yesterday�s Government decision on the issue swelled. This made the Government send several senior officials, led by the Chief Secretary, to visit the GU plot of land.

The GU Vice-Chancellor said the family members of Dr Hazarika have verbally conveyed to the GU authorities their approval to this decision.

This piece of land, measuring around 10 bighas, is now being spruced up by the State Public Works Department (PWD) under the supervision of the GU authorities.

The university is ready to hand over another 30 to 40 bighas of land adjacent to the plot if the situation so demands, said the Vice-Chancellor.