SIVASAGAR, June 18 - Rongpur Sahitya Sabha is organising language martyr Ranjit Borpujari memorial meeting here on July 4 to coincide with his untimely demise after being shot in the Cotton College hostel by the then SP of Guwahati PB Pabbi in 1960, which was later termed as a cold-blooded murder by the Press.
Ranjit Borpujari was a brilliant student of the pre-university course and had no role in any agitational activities though police made him a soft target to appease their political bosses, said Ajit Borpujari, senior advocate and elder brother of the martyr, on Sunday.
Rongpur Sahitya Sabha is organising the meeting in association with members of the martyr�s family in their ancestral Amolapatty residence here.
Noted writer and political commentator Arun Goswami will deliver the Ranjit Borpujari Memorial Lecture while Dilip Buragohain, president of Sivasagar Zila Sahitya Sabha will inaugurate the meeting.
Manoj Kumar Borthakur and Uzzal Thakur, president and secretary respectively of Rongpur Sahitya Sabha in a release expressed regret that the people of Sivasagar have forgotten their own son who had sacrificed his life at a very critical phase of Assamese national life and not a single memorial meeting was ever held after his supreme sacrifice, in Sivasagar.
New ACTA body: In the meantime, the Assam College Teachers� Association (ACTA) Sivasagar circle elected new office-bearers in its fourth annual meeting held on June 8 at Dikhowmukh College.
Prafulla Saikia of Sivasagar Commerce College was elected uncontested as the president while Pranjal Pratim Bora was re-elected as the general secretary for a second term. The other members are Hemanga Ranjan Chutia of Charing Maniram Dewan College as vice president, Dr Haren Hazarika of Sivasagar Commerce College as assistant secretary, Dr Rajashree Phukan of Sibsagar College as secretary (Women�s Cell) and Dr Dhrubajyoti Nath of SPP College, Namti as representative of the central executive committee.
The meeting was presided over by Ranjit Ranjan Tamuli while Dr Ranjit Kumar Baruah delivered the welcome address before the participants representing 17 colleges of the district.
Panchajanya, the souvenir edited by Mridula Das and Ramen Kalita was formally released by Pabitra Kumar Dutta, Principal of Dikhowmukh College. The meeting was addressed, among others, by Biswajit Bhuyan, Himangshu Maral, Bipul Chakravarty, Deva Prasad Gogoi and Dr Babita Das, president, secretary, finance secretary, organising secretary and secretary of Women�s Cell respectively of the ACTA central committee.
The committee felicitated former office-bearers Tarun Chandra Dutta, Ajanta Gogoi Das, Siva Singha Konwar, Dr Jogesh Bora, Dr Bipul Gogoi, Tulashi Das, Phanindranath Mout, Parag Jyoti Bora and Chandan Dutta.