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Swahid Divas observed in Bajali sub-division

By ANN Service

PATACHARKUCHI, Dec 11 - Swahid Divas was observed in various parts of Bajali sub-division yesterday to pay homage to the martyrs of the Assam Movement.

Sangrami Satirtha Mancha, a platform of the agitators of the historic Assam Agitation, observed the day at Rihabari near the altar of Madan Routa, a martyr of the six-year-long struggle.

Sampurnananda Talukdar, president of the Sangrami Satirtha Mancha, hoisted the flag. Dr Karuna Mohan Sarma, retired Associate Professor of Bajali College and Charu Bala Sut, wife of martyr Girish Sut, lit the ceremonial lamp at the altar of Madan Routa.

Smriti tarpan was offered by Kanak Sarma, one of the leaders of the Assam Agitation. Sarma received bullet injury during the Assam Agitation. Amarendra Sarma and Chakradhar Thakuria anchored the programme.

Meanwhile, the Pathsala Anchalik Students� Union observed Swahid Divas with various programmes on the Hari Mandir premises at Pathsala. The flag was hoisted by president Nipu Kumar Dev Sarma while swahid tarpan was performed by Sourabh Sarma, secretary of the unit.

A State-level quiz competition was also organised on the occasion. Giridhar Choudhury, advocate and Nasir Uddin Ahmed, a relative of martyr Sarifuddin Ahmed jointly declared the quiz competition open which was conducted by Dilip Kumar Sarma, Sub-Editor of a vernacular Daily. A list of 855 martyrs of the Assam Agitation was released on the occasion by Samudra Patgiri, secretary of Barpeta district unit of AASU. In the evening, 855 lamps were lit in a symbolic gesture.

The Patacharkuchi Anchalik Students� Union also observed the day with various programmes.

Meanwhile, at another programme yesterday, Radha Talukdar, the elder brother of Khargeswar Talukdar, the first martyr of the Assam Agitation, said the souls of the 855 martyrs of the Assam Agitation can never rest in peace until the foreigners are deported from the State as per the historic Assam Accord signed way back in 1985 in New Delhi.

The family members of Khargeswar Talukdar and the local unit of AASU observed Swahid Divas with various programmes. Radha Talukdar criticised the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 and appealed to the Chief Minister to scrap the same with immediate effect.

He said any financial aid to martyr family and jobs to the family members cannot be compared with the supreme sacrifice of the martyrs.

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