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Assam remembers INA's Umesh Chandra Devchoudhury

All India Patriotic Forum, Assam branch on Saturday remembered Umesh Chandra Devchoudhury, who joined the Indian National Army (Azad Hind Fauj) under the leadership of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in 1943 and fought many battles for the motherland. Probably the last INA soldier from Assam, Devchoudhury passed away on December 11, 2013 at his residence in Patacharkuchi of lower Assam. A Lieutenant of INA, Devchoudhury maintained an active life till his demise at the age of 97.

In a formal memorial meeting held in Guwahati Press Club various speakers highlighted the spirit of patriotism shown by Devchoudhury and his colleagues who led an eventful struggle in various south and southeast Asian places like Singapore, Rangoon, Arakan front etc. With his sincerity and commitment, Devchoudhury elevated himself up to the level of Lieutenant in INA and led his troop against the British imperial forces mostly on the India-Myanmar border in 1944 to make India an independent nation.

Speakers including freedom fighters Jatin Goswami & Ganesh Chandra Das, Prof Rabin Devchoudhury, Ajay Dutta, Jaharlal Saha, Umakanta Bhattacharya, Jagadindra Raichoudhury, Rupma Barua, Hiten Mahanta, Nava Thakuria, KN Devchoudhury, Pramod Kalita etc paid their heartiest tributes to the departed soul.

Before the meeting, floral tributes were also paid to Devchoudhury and two patriotic songs ‘Bande Mataram----’and ‘O Mor Aponar Desh ----’were also sung by the participants in the memorial meeting.

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Rape accused lynched in Arunachal

19 Feb 2018 - 7:08pm | AT News

ITANAGAR:An irate mob in Arunachal Pradesh lynched two people from Assam on Monday a week after they allegedly gangraped and killed a five year old girl.

The sensational incident took place in Tezu in the morning where people in large number, basically from Namgo Mismi village, stormed into the Centre Point police station and dragged out of it the rape accused duo and beaten up before setting them on fire pouring petrol in full view of the police.

According to allegation, the police caught the duo on Sunday who were believed to have admitted to the double crime. They gangraped the minor and murdered her before dumping the body inside a tea bush on February 12 to be recovered two days later.

Acting on some leads, the police arrested the migrant labourer duo on Sunday and interrogation was going on after police Got the duo on custody for four days.

Suddenly, the irate mob thronged the police station premises, dragged out the duo from the custody to be lynched while the policemen had to remain hapless.

The entire incident is the rerun of the Dimapur episode where a Naga mob dragged out a rape accused from Assam from the central jail to be lynched on the street.

Police have registered a case and investigation is in progress.


Foulplay suspected behind death at Garampani

10 Jan 2012 - 2:40am | Ritupallab Saikia


A pall of gloom replaced merrymaking at Garompani, the famous hot water spring at Karbi Anglong district when Birbol Gowala’s (50) body was discovered floating in the spring. Gowala who was an employee of Borpathar Railway Station had come to Garompani with his colleagues for picnic yesterday and in the afternoon his colleagues were informed by somebody that a body was seen floating in the water of the spring and when everybody arrived at the spot, the body was identified as of Gowala’s. Then his colleagues called up 108 and Gowala was taken to Kushal Konwar Civil Hospital, Golaghat where the doctors declared him dead.


However, Gowala’s death has raised many questions and his family has suspected some foul play behind his death. While talking to Assamtimes, his brother Moniram Gowala alleged that the family was not informed immediately when the incident occurred but it was only later when his late brother’s body was taken to hospital at Golaghat, the family was informed. At the same time, his family alleged that there were several cuts and bruises in the body of late Gowala which points towards the fact that the death was not an accident but some deliberate murder. Another point to be noted is that the water level in the hot water spring was not that high that somebody could so easily get drowned in it. Meanwhile, Gowala’s family and Borpathar unit of Assam Tea Tribes Students Association has submitted a memorandum with the Deputy Commissioner of Golaghat demanding proper investigation and justice. It is pertinent to mention that of late, there has been a drastic rise in criminal activities in picnic spots all over the state and it is high time that the authorities take the matter seriously and do the needful to prevent such mishaps in the future.


Run for Inclusion-2014

24 Nov 2014 - 6:43pm | Ranjan K Baruah

In an attempt to ensure a sustainable and dignified reintegration of the excluded communities including homeless, parentless, person with disability, girl children, children/person affected with HIV/AIDS, brick kiln workers, construction workers, linguistic minorities, tribal communities, high risk groups and unemployed youth into main stream society, Aide et Action International- South Asia (AEAI-SA), an international NGO  organized a solidarity event ‘Run for Inclusion-Turning dreams into reality’ – a  5 KM run on November 23, 2014 at Guwahati

Arman Ali, Director of Shisu Sarothi   flagged off the event at 8:30 Am at Assam Engineering Field, Chandmari and ended at Guwahati Refinery Field, Sector II, Noonmati. More than 250 participants including students, home makers, working professionals, youth, civil society organisations and people from various excluded and marginalised communities participated in the run and express their solidarity for the excluded and marginalised communities.

“AEAI-SA through its interventions in thematic areas like  access and quality education, inclusive education, migration, sustainable development and global citizenship education was able to reach more than 500, 000 people from excluded and marginalised sections of the society out of which  1, 84, 085 were youth”, said Ravi Pratap Singh, Regional Director, AEAI-SA.

The run was organized simultaneously in 25 cities across India in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Bihar, Orissa, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, New Delhi, and Assam. The run also took place in Sri Lanka and Nepal and resources mobilised through this mega event would be used for quality education of children and enabling better employment opportunities for youths from the poor and weaker sections of the society.

The run is one of the biggest community mobilization events in the South Asia region and is an extension of the Aide et Action International's Run against exclusion that already took place in Paris and Lyon - France, Chicago- US, Australia, China, Cambodia Dominican Republic and Togo. Last year the run was organized in 58 cities in South Asia and was successful in mobilizing 1, 00,000 people to participate in the run.