Simmering tension in Kokrjhar and Sonitpur have forced the authorities to clamp in definite curfew in both the districts where NDFB-S militants killed over 50 Adivasi people in five serial attacks on Tuesday. Additional forces have been deployed in Kokrajhar and Sonitpur to firmly deal with the situation. People in the trouble torn areas are keeping themselves confined to their homes while security forces are patrolling on the streets. Shops and markets, schools and colleges, banks and offices are remaining closed for an indefinite period. The authorities have further issued shoot at sight order against the miscreants.
In a most tragic incident, 19 injured at Udmari near Kalaigaon following identity crisis between villagers and a group of religious minority returning from a religious ceremony on February 27. According to information villagers of Udmari and other villages intercepted a mini van (Reg. No. AS-13-C/3682) at around 2 am carrying 26 people who had been returning home after attending a “Jalsa” ceremony organised at Outala Besimari village. When the villagers signalled the vehicle to halt the driver tried to speed away from the scene suspecting the villagers as dacoits. The villagers too suspecting the people in the vehicle as cattle thieves. It needs mention that miscreants have been stealing cattles in the nearby villages for couple of months and trucks were used in stealing cattles. The villagers chased the vehicle and mercilesslt beaten all the people on board causing serious injury to 19 people mostly youths including 4 in critical condition who had been rushed to GMCH. The villagers even tried to beat policemen arrived and set fire to the vehicle and two other bikes on the spot.
Following the incident, more than five hundred strong mob headed by AMSU leaders gheraoed Kalaigaon police station at 10 am demanding immediate arrest of culprits. Sadhana Hojai,Deputy Commissioner; Dibakor Doley.ADC; DR Mili,ASP, Udalguri ; Dr. DV Sibaprasad, SP and Rajvi Hussain, ADC Darrang visited Kalaigaon and Udmari and had discussion with the agitators. Five thousand strong AMSU agitators blocked MB road indefinately demanding immediate arrest of culprits. SP Darrang told this correspondent that more than two hundred police and para military personnel have been deployed in the area for maintaining law and order. In the mean time Darrang administration has imosed 144 in several villages under Kalaigaon and Mangaldai police station in and around Kalaigaon.SP Darrang said that more than 20 persons have already been arrested so far.Minister Basanta Das, MP Santias Kunjur have arrived at Kalaigaon and talked to AMSU and other agitators and road blokade has been withdrawn but has given 12 hours bandh call tomorrow in Udalguri and Darrang only.
Amid tight security, the Assam Assembly begins its budget session from Thursday. The month-long session opens with Governor JB Patnaik’s speech. A set of crucial bills are expected to be passed in this session. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi is scheduled to table the state budget for 2012-13 financial year on March 12.
A land without ruins is a land without memories – a land without memories is a land without history: so wrote Reverend Abram Joseph Ryan, an American poet, popularly known as the Poet – Priest of the South and also as the Poet-Laureate of the Confederacy.
Ruins are not alone physical remains of a building or a structure, but embodiment of memories. The past is deeply entrenched in them. Even in a stage of dilapidation, besides the stories of glory and loss, they also weave narratives of a sense of being part of that past which stand right there to be touched and felt.
The historical monuments of the pre-colonial Dimasa state today lie in a state of ruins across vast geographical areas in the southern bank of Brahmaputra to the Surma Valley. Dimapur, the capital of the most prosperous phase of the Dimasa history is in the state of Nagaland. These structures are under the supervision of the various Government agencies mandated by the Archaeological Protection Acts of Government of India. The ruins, standing erect in defiance against the ravages of time, an embodiment of spirit of the forefathers of Dimasa nation.
Dimasa Heritage Rally is an attempt to celebrate and pay homage to the spirit of the forefathers by the Dimasa Youth Forum (DYF) and Youth Association for Development and Empowerment (YADEM) along with other Dimasa social organizations. It shall be a pilgrimage to the holy spaces with humble hope of infusing the spirit of the forefathers in the Dimasa people.
The Heritage Rally Organising Committee is optimistic that the participants shall assemble, pray, confer, eat, sing and dance in memory and honour of the ancestors of yore in course of the pilgrimage. The rally will begin from the present to the known past with a hope to recover what is yet to be recovered and known through Khaspur-Harangajao-Haflong-Maibang-Hojai-Hawraghat-Diphu-Kasomari-Dimapur between October 26 and 29.
The Rally in the offing also aims to obtain signatures of Dimasas scattered across the region for submitting a comprehensive memorandum to the Archaeological Survey of India for the preservation of the Dimasa Heritage ruins.