SIVASAGAR, April 26 - Martyr journalist Kamala Saikia�s bust, built by known sculptor Biren Singha, was unveiled on Sunday by Kanak Sen Deka, former president of the Asam Sahitya Sabha and noted journalist, at Dikhowmukh Bharaluwa Tinali, the birthplace of the slain journalist.
Kamala Saikia was brutally murdered by ULFA on August 9, 1991 after kidnapping him at gunpoint from his Sivasagar Melachakar residence for exposing the banned outfit�s unethical and violent activities through his courageous reporting.
Deka, in his speech, spoke highly of Kamala Saikia�s uncompromising stance and ethical reporting.
The bust has been built with public donations at the initiative of Kamala Saikia Smritiraksha Samity, Dikhowmukh Press Club and Dikhowmukh AASU unit.
Dr Saumerjyoti Mahanta, Principal, Sivasagar Commerce College, inaugurated the meeting held on the occasion under the chairmanship of Bani Kanta Saikia, president, Kamala Saikia Smritiraksha Samity.
Sanjeev Phukan, executive editor, Asomiya Pratidin, while addressing the gathering, said that the State police, in the name of investigaion, has done nothing during the last two decades to nab the culprits who murdered Kamala Saikia.
Phukan also expressed concern over the rise of atrocities on mediapersons across the country. Besides other guests, the meeting was attended by hundreds of local people of the area.