Dhekiajuli, Sept. 20: Chief minister Tarun Gogoi today declared Dhekiajuli in Sonitpur district a martyrs’ township in memory of the 12 martyrs of the 1942 Quit India Movement.
Addressing a huge gathering on Martyrs’ Day at the High School field here, he said one must embrace the ideology of non-violence to show respect to the martyrs who sacrificed their lives to the bullets of the British army here on September 20, 1942.
“If we cannot eradicate poverty, illiteracy and economic and educational inequality from society, proper development will never be achieved in the real sense,” Gogoi said, adding that Gandhiji dreamt of better economic and educational conditions in the rural areas of the country.
He said the Congress has been giving top priority to these issues and that a special scheme has been proposed to honour the martyrs.
He also recalled the supreme sacrifice of the 12 martyrs, including Monbar Nath, Moniram Kacharis, Ratan Kachari, Mangal Kurku, Sarunath Sutia, Kumali Devi, Khahuli Devi, Lerela Kachari, Dayal Das Panika, Tileswari Baruah and Mahiram Koch, of greater Bargaon and Naharbari Mouza of Dhekiajuli revenue circle.
He said, “There is a violent situation prevailing in the state, beginning with the recent BTAD issue where several people have died and many families have been displaced. We should follow the ideology of Mahatma Gandhi who brought us freedom.”
Earlier, PWD minister Ajanta Neog said one cannot honour the martyrs simply by observing Martyrs’ Day.
“We will have to implement various development programmes, dreamt of by the patriots of the greater Dhekiajuli area during the freedom movement,” she said.
Planning and development minister Tanka Bahadur Rai, Deputy Speaker Bhimananda Tanti, parliamentary secretary Jun Joonali Baruah and local MLA Habul Chakrabarty were also present on the occasion.
Gogoi also opened the Congress Bhawan here and inaugurated the Chilarai and the Lachit Market complex constructed in the heart of the town.
He sanctioned Rs 50 lakh for the development of Dhekiajuli constituency.