Organized by the Journalists' Forum, Assam (JFA) and presided over by JFA chief Rupan Baruah, the citizens were of the view that a clear message should go to those issuing a diktat against any celebration of the Day, that people will no longer tolerate any anti-national threat and will give them a fitting reply to them.
In a resolution, the citizens also asked the State government to activate the now-defunct citizens' committees in every ward under every police station of the city if the government at all wants people's co-operation in its anti-terror campaign. But, the resolution pointed out, these committees have to be essentially different from their earlier corrupt edition. Their brief should be limited only to sensitization against terrorist activities.
The speakers at the meeting included Hiten Mahanta, Nava Thakuria, Ranen Kumar Goswami, Pramod Kalita, Jagadindra Raichoudhury, Shaktimoy Das, Dhanjit Kakati, Mukut Singha Chutia, Biraj Das, Pankaj Duara, Ruby Das, Ajai Dutta, Simanta Barma, M. S. Mazumdar, Gaurdas Roy and R. K. Buragohain.
Earlier, the citizens observed one minute's silence in respect to former Assam Tribune editor Narendra Nath Deka, who had passed away on Tuesday night.