RAHA, March 19 � The first death anniversary of martyr Pranjal Pratim Saikia was observed with reverence at his residence on Thursday last.
Police officials including IGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, DIG Anurag Tankha, (Upper Assam) AIG, Law & Order, Bedanta Madhab Rajkhowa , Nagaon SP Sunil Kumar and a large number of civil society members as well as people from different walks of life were also present on the occasion.
The programme which was presided over by Hiranya Narayan Bora, ex-pricipal of Raha H S School, started at around 11.30 am and continued throughout the day.
�The police are extremely proud of the bravery and the supreme sacrifice of one of its finest officers Pranjal Saikia. Son of school teacher parents of Raha and posted in Tinsukia district when he along with his personnel killed two terrorists and saved many lives as these terrorists were planning wanton killing of civilian targets. We salute the brave soul,� said Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta.
Speaking on the occasion, Anurag Tankha, DIG, (Upper Assam), the then principal trainer,Police Training Centre, Dergaon recalled his days with Pranjal while the martyr was undergoing training. He said, � Pranjal was a hero, a true patriotic and I feel proud that I trained him at the Police Training Centre, Dergaon.�
Bedanta Madhav Rajkhowa, Asistant Inspector General, Law & Order, Assam Police, also spoke on the occasion. A souvenir in memory of the martyr was also released by Kamal Chandra Sharma, ex-principal of Raha H S School.
It may be mentioned here that Pranjal was born in 1982 at Dighaliati village of Raha. Second son of retired school teacher Jhulan Saikia, he joined the Assam Police in 2009 and was posted as Probationary Sub-Inspector of Police at Kakopathar in Tinsukia district. He laid down his life in the line of duty while raiding, along with his team, an ULFA hideout at Tongona village under Kakopathar police station on March 15. The police officer was hit by two bullets fired by militants and he died on the spot.Two members of the ULFA were also killed by Pranjal and his team in the fighting.