Silchar, Aug. 14: The attempts of a few people to claim an area in Maleghar along the India-Bangladesh border has thrown a spanner in the efforts of the Centre, state government and an NGO to build a martyrsí memorial.
Maleghar, 16km in the west of Karimganj town, is famed as a landmark site of the First War of Independence in 1857.
The Guwahati-based NGO, Patkai Trekkers, which had mooted a proposal to build a memorial for the slain mutineers along with the state archaeology department and the government, yesterday led a delegation to Karimganj de-puty commissioner Sanjib Go-hai Barua to plead for his intervention to save Malegarh.
The deputy commissioner assured them that the district administration would not allow anyone to build any structure on the land earmarked for the memorial.
A BSF source today said during the past few days, a few people from nearby villages first cleared land in Maleghar and later offer prayers.
On Monday, a delegation of the Patkai Trekkers met the director of the archaeology, D.P. Kuli Gogoi, and demanded proper conservation of the land in Maleghar and Badarpur fort and a scheme to beautify these heritage sites.
The delegation included Patkaiís secretary Mriganka Gogoi and the Barak valley co-ordinator of the NGO, Mujib Ahmed. Gogoi assured them that his department would soon take necessary steps to preserve the site. He said his department also would take measures to officially acquire this heritage site and had already listed the Sepoy Mutiny site in Maleghar as an archeologically important one.
Sources in Karimganj said inhabitants living near Maleghar village have said no structure should be allowed to be built on the site.