GUWAHATI, Dec 18 � Those who laid down their lives during history�s one of the epoch-making moments were remembered on Sunday by the public at a function held at Guwahati Press Club here.
Tributes were paid to the martyrs of 1857 who fought courageously before falling to the bullets of the British troops at the historic Latu, at Malegarh in Karimganj.
Malegarh hillock in Latu, a small village in Karimganj is yet to secure its due place in history although 26 brave rebel soldiers gave their life fighting here valiantly against a contingent of the Sylhet Light Infantry of the British under the command of Major Byng. The major was killed. The graves of�26 of these fallen rebel sepoys lie here.
The programme organised by the non government organisation Patkai Trekkers was attended by many prominent citizens including HN Dutta, director, Archaeology Department, Government of Assam and noted historian D Borgohain.
Speaking on the occasion, Dutta stressed the need for more research on this defining moment in history which is known very little in the country.
D Borgohain on the other hand pointed out that it was important to preserve and promote Latu and he appreciated the effort to popularise the contribution of the martyrs.
It needs to be mentioned here that for the first time a public tribute was paid to the martyrs. Several resolutions were adopted at this function.
The citizens resolved that as the place Latu has historical importance it should be included in the curriculum of the schools and colleges of the State. Detailed research work should be conducted on the topic.
The other resolution was declaration of the location as a national heritage site. Latu is situated at the Indo-Bangla border and the citizens insisted that a war memorial should be instituted at the site.