SIVASAGAR, Sept 26 - Swahid Peoli Borphukan and Jeoram Dulia Borua, who were hanged on Sept 24, 1830 by the notorious British Political Agent in Sivasagar even before an explicit order from the Governor General in Calcutta arrived, were the first martyrs of the Indian Freedom Struggle and not Mangal Pandey � claimed Prabin Sarma, Professor, Department of History, Sivasagar Girls� College while addressing a meeting here on September 24. The meeting was organised on the spot where the hanging was executed on the bank of the Sivasagar Borpukhuri and was presided over by Safiqur Rahman.
It may be mentioned here that Peoli Borphukan was the son of Badan Borphukan, who created an atmosphere for the British forces to meddle into Assam affairs in the wake of the Burmese invasion and Jeoram was the son-in-law of Dhanjoy Piali Borphukan, who made the first abortive attempt to overthrow the British from Rongpur.
Sarma in his speech said that of all the seven anti-British uprisings in India during the period 1800 to 1830, Peali-Jeoram�s rebellion was the most organised one. Prema Gogoi, former president of the Asom Kabi Sanmilan said that we have not done anything to keep alive the memory of the great martyrs and he demanded that Jeoram Dulia Borua�s statue should also be built and erected by the side of Peoli Borpukan�s statue.
Anuj Duwora on behalf of the descendents of Peoli Borphukan lit ceremonial lamps near the statue of Peoli Borphukan.
Sibsagar College introduces PG course in English: Sibsagar College, one of the premier colleges of higher education in the State has added one more feather to its colourful plumage by introducing PG course in English under Dibrugarh University from this year.
Dr Prafulla Kalita, Principal of the college inaugurated the PG English section by lighting the ceremonial lamp in a meeting held on September 20 last.