GUWAHATI, Feb 4 � Kamrup (Metro) Deputy Commissioner Asutosh Agnihotri today formed a committee to go into the allegation of the damage caused by some unscrupulous people to the historic rampart Lachit Garh at Garchuk area of the city.
Kamrup (Metro) district administration sources told this newspaper that the committee has been asked to submit its report to the district administration within three days from today. The district administration is going to initiate punitive measures against those found involved in damaging the rampart, sources said.
The committee comprises Dhruvajyoti Das, ADC, Revenue, Kamrup Metro, Tankeswar Das, Circle Officer, Dispur, Nibedan Das Patowary, Circle Officer, Ajara and one officer from the Archaeology Directorate of the State.
The district administration step came in the wake of the memorandum submitted by the voluntary organisation Bir Lachit Sena, Assam and the letter from the Archaeology Directorate.
Archaeology Director Dr HN Dutta told this newspaper that though it is a protected monument, the rampart has been damaged by some people to build houses and to construct roads etc under the very nose of the Garchuk police.
Corrupt officials of the Revenue Department have also issued permanent land settlement documents called � myadi patta � to these people, making things worse. The Government should come forward to preserve the historic rampart, with which the name of the great general Lachit Barphukan is associated. The Government should forthwith cancel all the settlement certificates issued to the encroachers of the rampart, said the Archaeology Director.